conflict - conflict, more psychopathology, among those...

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conflict, more psychopathology, among those committed to anarchy and destruction of society. ... (1984:243) Indeed, author Julian Becker (1984) describes the German terrorists of the Baader-Meinhof Gang as “children without fathers.” They were sons and daughters of fathers who had either been killed by Nazis or survived Nazism. Their children despised and rebelled against them because of the shame of Nazism and a defeated Germany. One former RAF female member told MacDonald: “We hated our parents because they were former Nazis, who had never come clean about their past.” Similarly, Gunther Wagenlehner (1978:201) concludes that the motives of RAF terrorists were unpolitical and belonged “more to the area of psychopathological disturbances.” Wagenlehner found that German terrorists blamed the government for failing to solve their personal problems. Not only was becoming a terrorist “an individual form of liberation” for radical young people with personal problems, but “These students became terrorists because they suffered from acute fear and from aggression and the masochistic desire to be pursued.” In short, according to Wagenlehner, the West German anarchists stand out as a major exception to the generally nonpathological characteristics of most terrorists. Psychologist Konrad Kellen (1990:43) arrives at a similar conclusion, noting that most of the West German terrorists “suffer from a deep psychological trauma” that “makes them see the world, including their own actions and the expected effects of those actions, in a grossly unrealistic light” and that motivates them to kill people. Sociologist J. Bowyer Bell (1985) also has noted that European anarchists, unlike other terrorists, belong more to the “province of psychologists than political analysts. ...” Post’s distinction between anarchic-ideologues and ethnic separatists appears to be supported by Rona M. Fields’s (1978) psychometric assessment of children in Northern Ireland. Fields found that exposure to terrorism as a child can lead to a
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