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Homicidal fanaticism: Looking at Norway, thinking about Tokyo

David Ignatius has a good column about a new CNAS report that explores a case of non-Muslim terrorism, the 1995 attack by the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo using sarin gas on the Tokyo subway: Danzig and his co-authors make the essential point: In dealing with these extremist groups and cults, the world is playing Russian ...

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David Ignatius has a good column about a new CNAS report that explores a case of non-Muslim terrorism, the 1995 attack by the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo using sarin gas on the Tokyo subway:

Danzig and his co-authors make the essential point: In dealing with these extremist groups and cults, the world is playing Russian roulette: 'Many chambers in the gun prove to be harmless, but some chambers are loaded.' Another bullet was fired last Friday, and we are surely clicking toward more. The surprise is that we're still surprised."

David Ignatius has a good column about a new CNAS report that explores a case of non-Muslim terrorism, the 1995 attack by the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo using sarin gas on the Tokyo subway:

Danzig and his co-authors make the essential point: In dealing with these extremist groups and cults, the world is playing Russian roulette: ‘Many chambers in the gun prove to be harmless, but some chambers are loaded.’ Another bullet was fired last Friday, and we are surely clicking toward more. The surprise is that we’re still surprised.”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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