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NCJ Number: 118506 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorism in the Pacific Regions (From Antiterrorist Initiatives, P 133-156, 1989, John B Wolf -- See NCJ-118499)
Author(s): J B Wolf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
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United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews terrorist and counterterrorist tactics in the Pacific regions, notably in the Philippines, New Caledonia, and Sri Lanka.
Abstract: Liberation theology, expounded primarily by Spanish-speaking priests, advocates land and tax reform, better treatment of laborers, and, in some instances, rejection of the capitalist system. Marxism, emphasizing class struggle, is sometimes akin to the liberation theologians' political interpretation of the Bible and papal encyclicals. In the Philippines, however, President Acquino has used a pro-Christian and anti-Communist appeal that has attracted and held the popular support of the masses and the Roman Catholic Church leadership. This alliance has neutralized factions in the armed forces that oppose its liberal policies and has persuaded the people that promised reforms will enhance economic justice and prosperity. The Soviet Union has benefited from Libya's propaganda preached among the Muslim population of the Southwest Pacific. In Sri Lanka, ethnic discord has contributed to the expense of sustaining the U.S. Navy in the Indian Ocean region, requiring it to resupply at sea rather than within the safe anchorages once used by Britain's Royal Navy. 44 notes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Philippines; Sri Lanka; Terrorist tactics
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