Thursday, March 15, 2007

Negotiation & Deluson

Dr. Sanity, joined by Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth Levin, looks at the delusional acts of those calling for negotiation with the radical Islamists in the Middle East.

The United States of the 21st century likewise believes that it can negotiate with Islamic totalitarians post-9/11. This is all part of the psychological dynamics of people who feel under siege and who desperately hope that negotiation and appeasement will finally bring about a cessation of hostilities. Unfortunately, this hope is at best wishful thinking; at worse a serious delusion. It is far more likely to bring about an escalation of hostilities and violence, rather than peace. In an earlier interview Levin was asked why people under siege often end up internalizing the hatred against themselves and delude themselves about the malicious intentions of their enemies?
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