Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Mar 21, 1997 - Political Science - 180 pages

In this innovative and concise work, Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu offers a compelling approach to understanding and fighting the increase in domestic and international terrorism throughout the world. Citing diverse examples from around the globe, Netanyahu demonstrates that domestic terrorist groups are usually no match for an advanced technological society which can successfully roll back terror without any significant curtailment of civil liberties. But Netanyahu sees an even more potent threat from the new international terrorism which is increasingly the product of Islamic militants, who draw their inspiration and directives from Iran and its growing cadre of satellite states. The spread of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, coupled with the possibility that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, poses a more frightening threat from an adversary less rational and therefore less controllable than was Soviet Communism. How democracies can defend themselves against this new threat concludes this provocative book.

 

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Contents

Preface
3
The Plague of Domestic Terrorism
7
The Question of Civil Liberties
27
Successes Against International Terrorism
51
The Rise of Militant Islam in America and the World
75
The Gaza Syndrome
99
The Specter of Nuclear Terrorism
121
What Is to Be Done
129
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About the author (1997)

From his days as a soldier in an elite anti-terror unit in the Israeli army to his years as Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has fought terrorism on the military, diplomatic and political battlefields. He has also written A Place Among the Nations: Israel and the World.

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