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Religious terrorism didn't start, won't end with bin Laden
Religious terrorism didn't start, won't end with bin Laden

In evaluating Osama bin Laden's dubious legacy, it is important to note that there was nothing new about religiously inspired terrorism when this rich Saudi exile convened a small group of jihadists in his Peshawar, Pakistan, home in 1988 to found al-Qaida, or "the Base" — an organization designed to carry on the war waged so successfully against the Red Army in Afghanistan. Two of the earliest known terrorist groups — the Jewish Sicarii, or "dagger men," who terrorized 1st century Judea, and the Shiite Muslim Assassins, who terrorized the Middle East in the Middle Ages — were known for pursuing religious rather than strictly political agendas....

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