Terrorist Professionals

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After reading "A Higher Degree of Terror" [July 16], I experienced a disheartening reality.

No more is it people in ramshackle huts executing suicide missions. My belief had been that this type of action is bred of hopelessness. A person envisions his suicide mission advancing a particular cause. An individual of means could advance his cause through more conventional political means or convince someone that it is hopeless to blow himself up. But recently terrorist cells appear to be made up of doctors and other professionals who are able to assimilate into western society. These new-breed terrorists are planning and executing suicide attacks. If an independent Palestinian state were created, and the area improved economically, then the pool from which these terrorists come would be reduced. Now I'm having second thoughts.

William Albert Shope

Stanley , Wis.