Why Terrorism Works

Why Terrorism Works

Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge

Book - 2002
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Yale University
The greatest danger facing the world today, says Alan M. Dershowitz, comes from religiously inspired, state sponsored terrorist groups that seek to develop weapons of mass destruction for use against civilian targets. In his newest book, Dershowitz argues passionately and persuasively that global terrorism is a phenomenon largely of our own making and that we must and can take steps to reduce the frequency and severity of terrorist acts.
Analyzing recent acts of terrorism and our reaction to them, Dershowitz explains that terrorism is successful when the international community gives in to the demands of terrorists?or even tries to understand and eliminate the ?root causes” of terrorism. He discusses extreme approaches to wiping out international terrorism that would work if we were not constrained by legal, moral, and humanitarian considerations. And then, given that we do operate under such constraints, he offers a series of proposals that would effectively reduce the frequency and severity of international terrorism by striking a balance between security and liberty.


Baker & Taylor
Argues that the current international community is not doing enough to deter terrorism and looks at ways democratic societies can effectively reduce the frequency and severity of terrorist attacks.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780300097665
0300097662
Branch Call Number: 303.625 DERSH
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 24 cm

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