Book Review: Bob Woodward — Plan of Attack

Leiden, a.d. VII Id. Oct. MMDCCLXX A.U.C., 'Plan of Attack' is quite an interesting book about the run up to the Iraq war in 2003. Woodward managed to get the principal actors involved in the decision making process to talk, so he was able to reconstruct this decision making process, and present the views of... Continue Reading →

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Background, Salafism and Free Will

Leiden, a.d. III Id. Nov. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., For both practical as well as academic reasons I want to know why some people become fundamentalist muslims, and why a subset of those people decide to murder innocent people. The practical reason is of course that once we understand why people make these decisions, we could hopefully implement policies that... Continue Reading →

We All Stand Together

As you probably know already, last night Paris was shaken up by several terrorist attacks. When talking with a friend living in Paris, we noticed how similar our reaction was. Of course the terrorist attacks themselves scared us, especially her: "Hearing about these things always makes me angry but having it happen so close actually mostly... Continue Reading →

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