International Terrorism Threats and How to Combat It
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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International terrorism in recent decades has become a phenomenon which, although it cannot threaten the survival of states, can disrupt their national, political, economic and social process. International terrorism has attacked virtually every democracy, it threatens international travel, international commerce, international agreements, and it can threaten much more tomorrow. International terrorism has thrived on an atmosphere of weakness and disunity of the West. Terrorists and their supporters, sponsoring states, view the Western countries as uniquely vulnerable to their attacks. They know that the openness of Western societies affords them many possibilities for attack, and they assume that the Wests humaneness and its emphasis on rule of law will inhibit a powerful response. This study provides main features of international terrorism in the last decade, a description of the major role of state-sponsored terrorism and the failure of Western nations to respond. Finally, the study concludes with set of recommendations to counterterrorism more efficiently.
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