CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – The horrific massacre of 132 boys at their school in Peshawar, Pakistan, last week embodies a new trend in Islamist terrorism that has emerged this year.
Past jihadi terrorists, up to and including Osama bin Laden, claimed that their violence was justified as self-defense under their interpretation of the Islamic laws of war. In 2014, however, we’ve seen radical Islamists ignoring those laws altogether.
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