Some Characteristics of Political Terrorism in the 1960's
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL RESEARCH
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Political terrorism is a distinctive revolutionary strategy in which sustained campaigns of violent action are directed against highly visible public targets. It is a relatively new strategy, one that has been resorted to especially by alienated, youthful members of the middle classes, and it has been increasing rapidly throughout the world. It is a particularly threatening form of political violence, both because of its distructiveness and its potential revolutionary consequences. It has a pronounced international dimension as well, whereby revolutionary terrorists rely on substantial support from similarly- disposed groups and nations elsewhere. The statements in the preceding paragraph are part of conventional wisdom about political terrorism.
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