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NCJ Number: 157117 Find in a Library
Title: Terrorist Trap: America's Experience With Terrorism
Author(s): J D Simon
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 470
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
Publication Number: ISBN 0-253-35249-5
Sale Source: Indiana University Press
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601 N. Morton Street
Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The history, reality, and ongoing danger of international terrorism are addressed, based on interviews with terrorists and their victims, reporters, and government officials.
Abstract: The book traces the U.S. response to terrorism from the days of Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary pirates up to the confrontation of George Bush and Saddam Hussein. The author explores the "terrorist trap," defined in terms of psychological, political, and social dimensions that make terrorism unlike any other conflict. He contends that terrorism can never be fully resolved since it grows out of political, economic, and social grievances. The author discusses the dynamics of terrorism, global events that contribute to violence and terrorism, and the impact of terrorism on victims. Terrorist tactics and the government response to terrorism are examined, and consideration is paid to the role of religious fanaticism, ethnic-nationalist conflicts, political and revolutionary ideologies, and criminal greed in encouraging individuals and groups to engage in terrorist acts. Finally, the author considers terrorism's link to the irreversible march of technology by noting that the challenge for the United States is to deal in a world where endless political, ethnic, and religious conflicts associated with terrorism are joined by continued technological advancements in weaponry and tactics to produce a potentially more dangerous era of terrorism. References, notes, and photographs
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Police; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Science and Technology; Terrorism causes; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics; Terrorist weapons
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