Chapter 3: Motives that Don’t Meet the Eye: Psychological Reasons for Terrorism A debate exists among scholars whether terrorism results from spontaneous acts of aggression or from rational calculations. Concepts such as “incident of birth,” “chosen trauma,” and “temptation and intimidation,” and the classification of terrorists into the categories of crusaders, crazies, and criminals can explain much about terrorism. Terrorism can be analyzed according to the “situation,” the “reasons,” and the “role of the individual.” Certain personal traits characterize “successful” terrorists.
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