The absence of meaning in modern war has made combat losses hard to bear.
Human behaviour cannot be understood through brain scans.
The enemy in the ‘war on terror’ was created by a lack of meaning or purpose in the West.
Having jettisoned political and historical frameworks, Michael Burleigh's story of terrorism combines a lack of insight with excessive prejudice about curry-eating loyalists and headbutting Glaswegians.
To lose a few citizens to radical Islam is unfortunate. To lose as many as 1,600 (according to the MI5 boss) could be considered careless.
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There's little point securing institutions from the outside, if they have failed to win the loyalty of those on the inside.