History's First Terrorists

Modern terrorism has roots in a mythical sect of assassins from the time of the Crusades.

Like a cycle that comes back around almost a thousand years later, modern terrorism has historical roots in a notorious sect of medieval assassins from Syria and Persia (modern-day Iran). In fact, the word “assassin” comes from “hashishin”, the Arabic nickname for this group’s most rabid followers, which meant “users of hashish” or “hashish addicts”. These drug-pumped young men would strike terror into  the hearts of the public by killing high-profile targets to further the political goals of the sect’s masters.

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