In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris this month, the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum, explains why we mustn't overreact to terrorism.
"That the new wave of French terrorists are Islamists—each one, confusingly, claiming allegiance to a different branch of al-Qaida—doesn’t mean that their tactics are different. On the contrary, there is something classically anarchist, even 19th-century, about them. Think what the gunmen wanted to achieve in Paris: cause havoc, destabilize the establishment, exacerbate social divisions, bring down the system. Those aren’t very different from the aims of Gavrilo Princip, the man who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and launched a world war."
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