Courage in Dark Places: Reflections on Terrorist Psychology

Silke, Andrew
March 2004
Social Research;Spring2004, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p177
Academic Journal
This article presents several arguments concerning the psychology of terrorists. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, controversy erupted when some commentators argued that the Al Qaeda hijackers displayed courage in their actions. The comments provoked fierce and overwhelming criticism. It examines the elements to judging whether an individual is displaying courage. It also presents statements given by several terrorists regarding their feelings before terrorism attacks. Moreover, it provides an analysis of why people become involved in terrorism.


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