can repeat the question, but am I bright enough to ask it?"
The problem of political and religious fanaticism is beyond the scope separately of psychology, political science, or historical study. An interdisciplinary program building upon current efforts but addressing the issues with the use of multiple methods is needed.
Today political and religious fanaticisms are a source of world wide anxiety. Al Qaeda is the most frightening at present. But it is not only Islamic fanaticism that leads to atrocities. The Oklahoma City bombing, mass murders of Moslems by Hindu mobs in India, the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin in Israel and of Martin Luther King in Nashville were the work of non-Islamic fanatics.
The torture-murder of a young gay man in Wyoming, the bombing of abortion clinics, the torching of black churches and of Jewish synagogues, all were associated with fanatical beliefs and movements.
military, and educational solutions are proposed and undertaken,
but without any prior understanding of how fanaticism is being fostered,
both wittingly and unwittingly, or what causes certain fanatical
individuals to resort to individual or mass murder. Neither is it
well understood what factors or measures might counteract or inhibit
fanatical violence. At present, specialists concerned with these
issues focus either on social antecedents (including political, economic
and religious factors) or on personality variables .