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Jurgen Habermas
June 18, 1929 -
Nationality: German
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: German Philosopher

Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations.


One never really knows who one's enemy is.


In the U.S.A. or Europe there is no realistic way to estimate the type, magnitude, or probability of the risk, nor any way to narrow down the potentially affected regions.


Manhattan... capital of the 20th century, a city that has fascinated me for more than three decades.


Perhaps at a later point important developments will be traced back to September 11. But for now we do not know which of the many scenarios will actually hold in the future.


A threatened nation can react to uncertain dangers solely through administrative channels, to the truly embarrassing situation of perhaps overreacting.


The uncertainty of the danger belongs to the essence of terrorism.


Since the intervention in Afghanistan, we suddenly began to notice when, in political discussions, we found ourselves only among Europeans or Israelis.


Since our complex societies are highly susceptible to interferences and accidents, they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt disruption of normal activities.


Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs. We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter in forms of religious fanaticism.


Historically, terrorism falls in a category different from crimes that concern a criminal court judge.


The difference between political terror and ordinary crime becomes clear during the change of regimes, in which former terrorists become well-regarded representatives of their country.


Partisans fight on familiar territory with professed political objectives to conquer power. This is what distinguishes them from terrorists.


Each murder is one too many.


Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular nationalists only a few years before. If one looks at the biographies of these people, remarkable continuities are revealed.


I consider Bush's decision to call for a war against terrorism a serious mistake. He is elevating these criminals to the status of war enemies, and one cannot lead a war against a network if the term war is to retain any definite meaning.


After September 11, the European governments have completely failed. They are incapable of seeing beyond their own national scope of interests.


The misery in war-torn Afghanistan is reminiscent of images from the Thirty Years' War.


The state is in danger of falling into disrepute due to the evidence of its inadequate resources.


Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems.


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