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  • 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)

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

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

  • 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)


  • The state is in danger of falling into disrepute due to the evidence of its inadequate resources.
    (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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

  • The uncertainty of the danger belongs to the essence of terrorism.
    (Jurgen Habermas)

  • One never really knows who one's enemy is.
    (Jurgen Habermas)

  • Each murder is one too many.
    (Jurgen Habermas)


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