Let’s talk about civil disobedience and terrorism. I met someone this summer, a grown man, who had never even considered the idea that being willing to die and being willing to kill are not necessarily the same thing. He wouldn’t know the difference between a pacifist and a terrorist.
The provocative claim I want to make is that at some deep level, the suicide bomber and the practitioner of civil disobedience — I’m thinking here of our old friends Mahatma “Great Soul” Gandhi and Martin Luther King, and those who are influenced by them — have, I would suggest, several commonalities and one major difference.
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