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- Meaningless war on terror

This weekend, it's been four years since the September 11 attack on the United States. Terrorism cannot be fought with war, says Björn Kumm. The man behind The history of terrorism believes al-Qaeda is as little a religious movement as the IRA.

The history of terrorism now comes in Norwegian, and in the book Björn Kumm digs in the many and intricate roots of terrorism. He draws the lines back to the Jewish Celotians who violently revolted against the Romans in the year 66, and goes until the September 11 terror and today's al-Qaeda network. Along the way we meet Russian anarchists, Idi Amin in Uganda, American patriots, Baader-Meinhof in West Germany, CIA in the US, ETA in Spain and IRA in Northern Ireland.

The book was first published in 1997, and is largely met with good reviews. But Kumm is also criticized for reading the story with red glasses, and in the Israeli-friendly journal menorah he is silenced for unilaterally embracing terrorism as "the weak party's right to wage war". "I think the religious / ethnic fanatical dimension is completely missing," writes the reviewer. . .

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