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René Girard and the roots of terrorism

Monday, January 12th, 2015


“The French Revolution was thus such a huge event that some of its consequences are still being played out in the escalation to the extremes, of which Clausewitz was one of the first great military analysts. Thus, terrorism would have its roots in the Revolutionary Wars, of which Napoleon’s ‘regular’ army was the ultimate transformation.”

René Girard, Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoît Chantre (2010)

(my San Francisco Chronicle review of this book is here – and thanks to Artur Rosman for the quotation.)