Skip to main content
×
×
Home

Terrorism: it's not mental illness – it's politics

  • Philip J. McGarry (a1)
  • View HTML
    • Send article to Kindle

      To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure no-reply@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about sending to your Kindle. Find out more about sending to your Kindle.

      Note you can select to send to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be sent to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

      Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

      Terrorism: it's not mental illness – it's politics
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Dropbox

      To send this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Dropbox.

      Terrorism: it's not mental illness – it's politics
      Available formats
      ×
      Send article to Google Drive

      To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your <service> account. Find out more about sending content to Google Drive.

      Terrorism: it's not mental illness – it's politics
      Available formats
      ×
Abstract
Copyright
This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
References
Hide All
1 Hurlow, J, Wilson, S, James, DV. Protesting loudly about Prevent is popular but is it informed and sensible? BJPsych Bull 2016; 40: 162–3.
2 Lyons, H, Harbinson, H. A comparison of political and non-political murderers in Northern Ireland, 1974–1984. Med Sci Law 1986; 26: 193–7.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 2056-4694
  • EISSN: 2056-4708
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 1
Total number of PDF views: 22 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 56 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 2nd January 2018 - 21st July 2018. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Terrorism: it's not mental illness – it's politics

  • Philip J. McGarry (a1)
Submit a response

eLetters

Terrorist acts are political

Robert D Goldney, Emeritus Professor, Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide
21 October 2016

McGarry (1) is correct - terrorist acts are political.

On this basis it is recommended that the term suicide bomber be replaced by homicide bomber. Suicide has implications of mental disorder and can even be conceptualised as honourable in some circumstances, whereas homicide has no such redeeming features. This has been explored in more detail elsewhere (2,3) and it is suggested that it is not only more accurate, but it could be a small step to minimising the frequency of such actions.



References

1 McGarry PJ. Terrorism: it's not mental illness - it's political. BJPsych Bull 2016; 40:285.

2 Khan MM, Goldney R, Hassan R. Homicide bombers: life as a weapon. Asian J Soc Sci 2010; 38: 479- 82.

3 Goldney RD Time for change: homicide bombers, not suicide bombers. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2014; 48:579-80.
... More

Conflict of interest: None Declared

Write a reply

×

Reply to: Submit a response


Your details


Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *