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The “unreal” can still help to hurt: Literature must inform ISIS policy

It would be smart to look to literature, leveraging its ability to allow us to empathize with dissimilar emotional states to our own. If we better understand what we might consider to be warped psychologies or twisted thought processes, we will be better able to address conflict involving such entities. As we can learn from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War,it is only by beginning to understand the enemy, as uncomfortable as that might be, that we can effectively deconstruct them.