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  • Responses to terrorism require reasoning, not outrage, says a writer of its history

    Terrorists are trying to provoke outrage as much as fear, said John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois and the author of a new book on terrorism.

    Terrorists are engaged in psychological warfare, trying “to weaponize our emotions,” said John Lynn, a professor emeritus of history at Illinois and the author of a new book on the nature and history of terrorism. They are hoping to provoke outrage as much as fear, and the overreaction that often results, he said.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach John Lynn, call 217-356-6336; email johnlynn@illinois.edu.

    His book “Another Kind of War: The Nature and History of Terrorism” is available from Yale University Press.