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NCJ Number: 134632 Find in a Library
Title: Anatomy of Terrorism
Author(s): D E Long
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 255
Sponsoring Agency: Free Press
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-02-919345-1
Sale Source: Free Press
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Scholarly and Reference Division
1230 Avenue of the Americas
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While there is little unanimity among scholars, politicians, diplomats, investigators, journalists, security forces, and defense analysts concerning the definition of terrorism and terrorists, the most fundamental issue is one of policy: which cooperative and confrontational measures are most likely to persuade terrorists and their supporters to stop their activities.
Abstract: This book explores the component elements of terrorism and tries to answer six basic questions: what terrorism is, why people commit terrorist acts, what groups are engaged in terrorism, what their sources of support are, how terrorists plan and carry out their attacks, and how governments can organize to combat terrorism. The author focuses on the actors who are directly and indirectly involved in terrorism. He introduces the financial, political, and emotional supporters of terrorism as well as terrorists' victims and their families. The major role the media play in terrorists' overall strategy for maximizing public awareness of their political objectives is analyzed. The author concludes that without clear and reasoned intragovernmental communication, the United States will be unable to induce the international cooperation necessary to fight terrorism.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Terrorist profiles
Index Term(s): International cooperation; Terrorist ideologies
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