Dec. 16, 2015
Understanding Terror: Depravity Is a Choice – Cynthia Ozick (Weekly Standard)
The terrorist’s mind: Let us strive to understand it – what shall we find there? Deformations of humanity, corruptions neither inborn nor bred, but chosen.
On TV we saw evil joy in action: the corpse of the Palestinian “martyr” as he is “escorted to his wedding,” accompanied by ululations and his honored mother’s camera-ready avowal of pride and jubilation, yearning to offer the next-in-line killer son.
At bottom, an open-hearted willingness to understand “everyone” is an appalling distraction from the intrinsic depravity of the act of premeditated murder.
The writer is an American-Jewish short story writer, novelist, and essayist.
(Click on the article’s title to see the whole article…Ed.)