Terrorism in the United States during 1985,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Events throughout 1985 demonstrated repeatedly the threat posed to United States interests and citizens by terrorists abroad. The United States is-- and has long been--the number one target of a variety of foreign terrorists organizations. Indeed, of the approximately 450 acts of terrorism during 1985 recorded in the Rand Corporations terrorism chronology, a quarter 111 were directed against American targets. At the same time, however, the United States itself--as has also long been the case--has remained relatively insulated from these escalations of terrorist violence. Moreover, a preliminary examination of 1985 statistics from Rands chronology reveals that there was a decline in the number of terrorist incidents in this country from 51 incidents n 1984 to 24 during the past year. However heartening this development may be, or however small this total appears in comparison with the worldwide figure, we should not be lulled into thinking that the United States is either immune to violence from political extremists within its own borders or that the terrorist acts which occur here do not warrant attention.
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