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NCJ Number: 32746 Find in a Library
Title: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM - A BALANCE SHEET
Journal: SURVIVAL  Dated:(JULY-AUGUST 1975)  Pages:158-164
Author(s): B JENKINS
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Strategic Studies
London, England
Sale Source: Institute for Strategic Studies
18 Adam Street
London,
United Kingdom
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: REVIEW OF THE OBJECTIVES, INSTANCES, AND CONSEQUENCES OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM THAT EVOLVED INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF ITS BECOMING A SERIOUS GLOBAL THREAT.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES TERRORISM AS A THEATRICAL TYPE OF WARFARE; UNLIKE CONVENTIONAL MILITARY COMBAT, IT CAPTIVATES A MEDIA-PRODUCED AUDIENCE WITH ITS DRAMATIC MOVEMENTS. BECAUSE MOST TERRORIST GROUPS ARE SMALL AND WEAK, THEY CAN ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF THEY CAPTURE HEADLINES, CAUSE ALARM, OR MANIPULATE GOVERNMENTS. THOUGH CERTAIN TERRORIST ACTS SEEM LIKE WANTON SLAUGHTER, THE AUTHOR CONTENDS THAT TERRORISM HAS DEFINITE PURPOSES. TERRORISTS ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN SPECIFIC CONCESSIONS, BREAKDOWN SOCIAL ORDER, AND PROVOKE REPRESSION, WHICH COULD LEAD TO THE FALL OF AN UNPOPULAR GOVERNMENT, FOR EXAMPLE. DESCRIPTIONS OF SOME INTERNATIONAL ACTS OF TERRORISM IN THE 1970'S ARE CITED AS ILLUSTRATIONS. EFFECTS OF THESE SAME ACTS OF TERRORISM ARE CONSIDERED HARBINGERS OF A NEW ERA OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM.
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; International terrorism; Political impact of terrorism; Political offenders; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorist tactics
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