Countering State-Sponsored Terrorism: A Law-Policy Analysis
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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State-sponsored terrorism has become another means of conducting foreign affairs. This threat of low-intensity conflict requires that we confront a host of new legal, political, military and moral questions. The United States has been working hard to develop a strategy within the construct of international law. The elements of conventional treaty and customary international law underpin the US counter-terrorism strategy which was recently exercised during the 15 April 1986 defensive raid against Libya. That defensive response emphasized US concern for the principles of necessity and proportional, target discrimination, exhaustion of non-coercive remedies and the interests of our allies. The US must, however, place greater emphasis on the underlying causes of state-sponsored terrorism.