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Michael Walzer is one of America's leading political philosophers. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and editor of Dissent, a left-wing[…]

Is terrorism ever justified?

Terrorism is the murder of innocent people. It is the deliberate killing of people who are known not to be government employees, government agents, soldiers, police, the deliberate killing of people like you and me, and I think it is in our self-interest as well as in--well, first let me say, it is our self-interest to deny that it can ever be justified to kill you and me and people like us--and, since most people are like us, it's in everyone’s self-interest to deny that terrorism can ever be justified. Recorded on: 2/27/08