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Who are al-Qaeda and what do they want? Is religious terrorism a new phenomenon? What drives someone to become a suicide bomber? Author and UN Security advisor Leonard Weinberg answers these and other questions, looking at terrorism as a tactic from the purges of the French Revolution to the death squads of . Drawing on the lessons of the past to confront the challenges of the present, he asks:
Can a government commit acts of terror?
What happens when the media becomes part of the story?
How do we fight ¯ and overcome ¯ terror?
Well-balanced, authoritative and highly readable, this book is essential reading for everyone worried about homeland security or seeking to gain a deeper understanding of where terrorism comes from, how it works and where it ends.
About the Author
Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the . Formerly a Fulbright senior research fellow, he has served as a consultant to the United Nations¯ Office for the Prevention of Terrorism, was a recipient of the 1999 Thornton Peace Prize, and is the author of several books and numerous papers on terrorism and related subjects.
Table of Contents
Terrorism and warfare
Outline of the book
A brief history of terrorism
The first wave
The second wave
The third wave
The first war of the twenty-first century
The new terrorism
Who they are, where they come from, and why they do it
What conditions give rise to terrorism?
What kind of people become terrorists?
Where do terrorist organizations come from?
Reacting to terrorism
Impact on the victims
The role of the mass media
Models of government response
The end of terrorism
A concluding observation
Significant terrorist incidents, 1961-2003