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In the last month, dozens of terror attacks have killed hundreds of people across the world. Everything and everyone is a legitimate target for these new killers, who welcome death and in doing so totally confuse everyone else in the world who has tried to stop them.With every new attack, it becomes more and more clear that the world is dealing – or not dealing, actually – with three dimensions of this now-routine phenomenon of mass killings of innocent civilians. The three elements are: the conditions of individuals and societies around the world that ultimately create the monsters who carry out these attacks, and recruit and train others to do the same; the largely ineffective political and security measures that governments around the world take in response to the expanding terrorism threat; and the emphasis on the centrality of the Islamic religion that many of the terrorists themselves express, but that also shapes the attitudes and policy responses of governments that respond to terrorism, particularly in seeing "counternarratives," the assertion of "moderate Islam," the need for "a reformation in Islam" and other such approaches that have proven to be wildly irrelevant or ineffective.
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