The Terrorist as Suicidal FanaticFanaticsThe other of the two approaches that have predominated, the terrorist as fanatic,emphasizes the terrorist’s rational qualities and views the terrorist as a cool,logical planning individual whose rewards are ideological and political, ratherthan financial. This approach takes into account that terrorists are often well32educated and capable of sophisticated, albeit highly biased, rhetoric and politicalanalysis.Notwithstanding the religious origins of the word, the term “fanaticism” inmodern usage, has broadened out of the religious context to refer to moregenerally held extreme beliefs. The terrorist is often labeled as a fanatic, especiallyin actions that lead to self-destruction. Although fanaticism is not unique toterrorism, it is, like “terrorism,” a pejorative term. In psychological terms, theconcept of fanaticism carries some implications of mental illness, but, Taylor(1988:97) points out, it “is not a diagnostic category in mental illness.” Thus, he
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