What makes a terrorist?
Returning to Arundhati Roy’s The Algebra of Infinite Justice once again, the Foreword written by John Berger is pretty entertaining. He waxes lyrical about Roy’s essays but makes one or two observations of his own. On the issue of terrorism he contends that what makes a terrorist is despair; a level of despair that few in the First World can imagine. This despair Berger describes as ‘the sense that your life and the lives of those close to you count for nothing. And this is felt on several different levels so that it becomes total’. He cites living for decades on a refugee camp as an example.