To be hated is a consequence of being great and powerful. It can be
remedied not by becoming gentler, only by becoming weaker." So
writes Laqueur (Center for Strategic and International Studies; The
New Terrorism, 1999, etc.), a longtime, and prescient, student of
terrorist movements through history. In this survey, he ranges over
some of those movements-the IRA and the Irgun against the British,
Algerian independence fighters against French pieds-noirs,
anarchists against capitalists-to discern the patterns of
organization and action that define what strategists term the
"asymmetric warfare" of terrorism. Real wars, writes Laqueur, are
expensive, but terrorism is relatively cheap and open to all
comers, which means that terrorism as we now know it "will be with
us for as long as anyone can envision, even if not always at the
same frequency and intensity" as it raged in September 2001. That
month brought to America a horrendous fact that much of the rest of
the world has known for a long time: citing the Indian subcontinent
as a likely flashpoint for terrorist movements in the coming years,
Laqueur observes that the number of victims of terrorism in the
single Indian state of Tripura "was larger in the 1990s than that
in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," a fact that few world media
or governmental figures have bothered to explore. Laqueur explores
this imbalance while calmly insisting that terrorism is an
ineradicable fact of modern life-and calmly reassuring American
readers than there is no good evidence to suggest that we're any
more hated than any other imperial power of the past or present.
Even so, that will come as small comfort to those who envision
happier times ahead, for, Laqueur argues, "there is a huge
reservoir of aggression" out there, thanks to which "the
combination of paranoia, fanaticism, and extremist political (or
religious) doctrine" on which terrorism feeds will only blossom in
the years to come. A sobering analysis of geopolitics and current
events. (Kirkus Reviews)
While the destruction of the World Trade Center and the strike
against the Pentagon shocked the world at large, experts on
terrorism like Walter Laqueur couldn't feign complete surprise. In
No End to War, Laqueur, who has devoted three decades to the study
of political violence, answers the most-often raised questions
about terrorism in the light of 9/11 and the still unsolved Anthrax
letters. First, what constitutes terrorism? What is new about the
"new" terrorism? Why is the Muslim world the most potent breeding
ground of this new terrorism? To what extent is religion itself a
factor? Is there a clash of civilizations between the Muslim world
and the largely Christian or post-Christian West? Is America at
fault? Israel? Did European nations turn a blind eye to terrorists
and their sympathizers in their midst? To what extent are poverty
and oppression the causes of terrorism? What is the likelihood that
terrorists will obtain weapons of mass destruction--chemical,
biological, or nuclear? Why was the United States unprepared for
9/11? Why the intelligence failure? Are Islamic terrorists the only
terrorists we need to fear? What about other terrorists from the
right of the left, ecoterrorists or anti-globalization terrorists?
And finally, what is the best defense against terrorism?
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