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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Definition of a terrorist leader

Published 30/10/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I like to think if Ambrose Bierce were still alive, he might include the following in his The Devil's Dictionary -- 'Hubris: when a leader of a criminal, terrorist gang, which cynically garbs itself in the green flag of patriotism, and which engages in indiscriminate bombing of civilians, regardless of age, sex, religious or political affiliation; murder, torture and intimidation; abduction and coerced proxy bombings; abduction, murder and disappearance of bodies; extortion and protection rackets; drug dealing, bank robbery, the export of terrorist and bomb-making expertise to criminal organisations of other countries, presumes to run for the elected office of the head of state of a democratic republic, whose legitimacy he denied for decades, in order to promote and publicise its political ambitions.'

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Noel Kennedy,

Thurles, Co Tipperary

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