Terrorism

Ted Honderich Justifies Terrorism, Again

If you look through our past articles you’ll see that, every few years, Ted Honderich, the emeritus Professor of Philosophy at University College, London writes a letter or makes a speech in support of terrorism.

He has done so again in the Guardian (where else?) today

The revelations in detail of the intransigent greed, the escape from decency, of Israeli governments in negotiation with our selected leaders of the Palestinians, serve one purpose among others. They provide a further part of what is now an overwhelming argument for a certain proposition. It is that the Palestinians have a moral right to their terrorism within historic Palestine against neo-Zionism. The latter, neither Zionism nor of course Jewishness, is the taking from the Palestinians of at least their autonomy in the last one-fifth of their historic homeland. Terrorism, as in this case, can as exactly be self-defence, a freedom struggle, martyrdom, the conclusion of an argument based on true humanity, etc.

It goes without saying that Honderich did not support 7/7 terrorist attacks on London. He did not applaud when Hasib Hussain murdered 13 Londoners in Tavistock Square, a short walk from Professor Honderich’s college.

No, Professor Honderich favours terrorism only when it is directed at others.

What an obnoxious man.

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