• Sara Rimer

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times, where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and was the New England bureau chief. The Times nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its 2002 ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. Profile

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  1. It would seem that there are terrorists who evolve from sociopathy and psychopathy when granted power over others – but also there are those intent on terrorist acts who evolve from the complex connotations of existential threats on the power equation for certain populations or groups. Menachim Begin as part of the Irgun was considered a terrorist yet became the 6th prime minister of Israel. So we need to not lump and split as Zerubaval, might suggest, but understand the individuals in question and the environments they are reacting and operating within, be it geography, religion as influence, politics: who is in and who left out of the ‘power’ calculus. A very complicated question that does have some identifiable commonalities and could possibly be or is predicted by sensitive algorithms applied by peace keeping analysts globally. This is why the US institute of Peace in DC is so critical to global metrics on emerging and chronic conflicts. There has been, throughout human history, the outliers of individual pathology who, when granted political power, replicates the horrors of genicide – as exemplified in this article.

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