by Albert Camus
"Révolte. L'absurde suppose l'absence de choix. Vivre c'est choisir. Choisir c'est tuer. L'objection à l'absurde, c'est le meurtre."
Albert Camus, Carnets ( Paris:Editions Gallimard, 1964), p. 280.
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."
Peter C. Sederberg, "The Meaning of Terrorism," Terrorist Myths: Illusion, Rhetoric, and Reality ( New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989).
Terrorism and sacrifice: are these two terms antithetical or parallel? In general, terrorism--as acts of violence--presupposes and implies the death or the sacrifice of human beings whom terrorists condemn and execute. The relationship between terrorism and sacrifice is therefore one of cause and effect; hence the conjunction "and" is usually implicit between the two terms. However, terrorism can signify self-sacrifice, and then the conjunction becomes "or." In this sense, violent terrorist acts generate the sacrifice of the terrorists themselves for a political--even ideological--goal. Camus' play Les Justes specifically emphasizes this second aspect--terrorismor sacrifice--although the first aspect--terrorism and sacrifice--plays a crucial and decisive part in the assassination of the "grand-duc," who symbolizes tyranny.
The revealing title, Les Justes, originally possesses a religious--and