By Louis René Beres
"Man differs from the animal by the fact that he is a killer; he is the only primate that kills and tortures members of his own species without any reason... and who feels satisfaction in doing so." — Erich Fromm, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness.
Throughout the world, many people suffer from some form or other of mental illness. Of these, a substantial number are also inclined to various expressions of aggression. When conditions arise to dignify their irrepressible violent urges under the purifying rubric of some "higher cause" -- such as revolution, rebellion, or jihad -- some will gratefully seize upon those "exculpatory" opportunities.