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Each murder is one too many. ...
by Jurgen Habermas

Each murder is one too many.
- Jurgen Habermas

Instead of the international police action we had hoped
for during the war in Kosovo,
there are wars again - conducted with state-of-the-art technology,
but still in the old style.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

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

 

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

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

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

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

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts,
regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

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

I cannot imagine a context that would some day,
in some manner, make the monstrous crime of September
11 an understandable or comprehensible political act.
- Jurgen Habermas

One never really knows who one's enemy is.
- Jurgen Habermas

The uncertainty of the danger belongs to the essence of terrorism.
- Jurgen Habermas

If the September 11 terror attack is supposed to constitute
a caesura in world history,
it must be able to stand comparison to other events
of world historical impact.
- Jurgen Habermas

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

Osama bin Laden, the person, more likely serves the function of a stand-in.
Compare the new terrorists with partisans or conventional terrorists in Israel.
These people often fight in a decentralized manner in small,
autonomous units, too.
- Jurgen Habermas

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

What was new was the symbolic force of the targets struck.
The attackers did not just physically cause the highest
buildings in Manhattan to collapse;
they also destroyed an icon in the household imagery of the American nation.
- Jurgen Habermas

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

Perhaps September 11 could be called the first historic
world event in the strictest sense:
the impact,
the explosion, the slow collapse - a gruesome reality
literally took place in front of a global public.
- Jurgen Habermas

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.
- Jurgen Habermas

The clever, albeit fragile, coalition against terrorism
brought together by the U.S.
government might be able to advance the transition
from classical international law to a cosmopolitan order.
- Jurgen Habermas

The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted
in detail by the American media during the months after
September 11 only betray the inability of the government
to determine the magnitude of the danger.
- Jurgen Habermas

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

Character is always known.
Thefts never enrich;
alms never impoverish;
murder will speak out of stone walls.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Television has brought back murder into the home -
where it belongs.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Dieting is murder on the road.
Show me a man who travels and I'll show you one who eats.
- Bruce Froemming

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think abortion is murder.
- Victoria Jackson

One murder made a villain, Millions a hero.
- Beilby Porteus

Probably the toughest time in anyone's life is when
you have to murder a loved one because they're the devil.
- Emo Philips

Police are reluctant to label a murder as a possible serial homicide.
- Pat Brown

How strange it is that murder has the sanction of law
in one and only one of the human relationships,
and that is the most important of all,
that of nation to nation.
- Paul Harris

To restrict the artist is a crime.
It is to murder germinating life.
- Egon Schiele

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
- Donna Tartt

AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having,
possibly, the direst consequences: suicide.
Or murder.
- Susan Sontag

Murder is born of love, and love attains the greatest intensity in murder.
- Octave Mirbeau

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity,
brutish callousness, wanton destruction,
and irresponsible murder.
- Alexander Berkman

We must now make clear to Lebanon that it will not benefit from U.S.
assistance and support as long as it harbors this brutal terrorist and murder.
- Jim DeMint

I do not think that condemning people who murder and
killing them necessarily sends out the right message.
- Charlize Theron

It's like an act of murder; you play with intent to commit something.
- Duke Ellington

There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning
Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder
and mutilation that can never be fixed,
no matter what aid is brought in.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

Under pressure, people admit to murder,
setting fire to the village church or robbing a bank,
but never to being bores.
- Elsa Maxwell

Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger;
it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast,
or murder thy friend.
- Akhenaton

It takes two to make a murder.
There are born victims, born to have their throats cut,
as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
- Aldous Huxley

Murder is an offensive act.
The term cannot be applied legitimately to any defensive act.
- Benjamin Tucker

Mars, when guilty of homicide, and set free from the
charge of murder by the Athenians through favour,
lest he should appear to be too fierce and savage,
committed adultery with Venus.
- Lactantius

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of
their neighbour's buzzing glory,
and think that such killing is no murder.
- George Eliot

Disarm, disarm.
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
- Julia Ward Howe

One to destroy, is murder by the law;
and gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
to murder thousands,
takes a specious name, 'War's glorious art',
and gives immortal fame.
- Edward Young

Murder is not the crime of criminals,
but that of law-abiding citizens.
- Emmanuel Teney

Certainly, the murder of civilians for political statement
did not just begin on September 11,
2001.
- Cliff Stearns

The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder
when you're 10 years old,
and in fact at the time of the murder you hate your lost parent,
my mother in my case.
- James Ellroy

Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.
- Tertullian

The why of murder always fascinates me so much more than the how.
- Ann Rule

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling;
it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
- Edmund Burke

As far as thinking about death and murder and various
ways of killing people and how people die...
I probably have the most twisted mind in Slayer.
- Tom Araya

Political language...
is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,
and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
- George Orwell

The facts of a person's life will, like murder,
come out.
- Norman Sherry

Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.
- William Blake

Solo concerts are murder, I find; I don't like doing them.
- Derek Bailey

Because I believe that abortion is murder,
I also believe that force is justified in an attempt to stop it.
- Eric Rudolph

I have also seen it stated that Capital punishment
is murder in its worst form.
I should like to know upon what principle of human
society these assertions are based and justified.
- Benjamin Tucker

I do not believe in terrorism, violence,
destruction, murder, pre-emption, or War.
- Rosanne Cash


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