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James Carroll

Primitive impulses of war

By James Carroll
November 12, 2007

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THE INTERPLAY of religion and violence is considered by some a mark only of primitive culture. When the jihadist cries "God is Great" before detonating his explosive vest, or when, conversely, the Crusades are invoked to justify assault on radical Islam, secular critics can indulge a satisfying sense of superiority over believers, clinging to holy war. (Full article: 771 words)

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