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Dangers of psychologizing

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Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Aug 9, 2006 at 10:49

In these criminal matters, law enforcement agencies tend look for alleged psychological causes instead of straightforward ideological causes put forward by the perpetrators and criminals themselves. No one can accuse Jihadis of acting in a state of confusion or madness - momentary or otherwise. Jihadis are very clear about their own motivations - it is the government and law administration which fails to take them at their word and draw right conclusions.

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