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To beat terrorism, don’t trash human rights—get to know human nature

Winning the war within

By Dexter Dias   July 2017

Photo: Cas Images/Snapstock

I’ve spent months with terrorists, in high-security prisons, in court cells-—defending them. Not defending their actions, but their rights. Should I have done so? Should anyone? This question was put to me at the recent Hay Festival in Wales. After I gave a talk, a woman put up her hand. She burned with anger, she said, when she heard I’d acted for terrorists; she had every right to feel that way. She was a Tube driver on the Circle line and a survivor of 7/7. This…

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