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NCJ Number: 66671 Find in a Library
Title: WEAPONS OF TERROR - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AT WORK
Author(s): C DOBSON; R PAYNE
Corporate Author: Macmillan Press Ltd
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 220
Sponsoring Agency: Macmillan Press Ltd
London, England
Sale Source: Macmillan Press Ltd
Little Essex Street
London,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK IS TO SHOW HOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCING EVER SMALLER AND MORE DEADLY WEAPONS, HAS AFFECTED THE SKILLS OF TERRORISTS AND ALTERED THEIR TACTICS.
Abstract: THE MAJOR TERRORIST WEAPON HAS BECOME THE THREAT OF DEATH RATHER THAN THE DEED ITSELF. HOWEVER, TECHNICAL WEAPONRY DEVELOPMENT NOW MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR A GROUP OF 5 TERRORISTS, ARMED WITH AUTOMATIC PISTOLS AND GRENADES, TO HIJACK A JUMBO JET WITH MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE ABOARD OR TO THREATEN AN AIRLINER WITH HAND-HELD MISSILES. THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF TERRORISM WHICH MOTIVATE YOUTHFUL TERRORISTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE WRITINGS OF FRANTZ FANON, CARLOS MARIGHELLA, CHE GUEVARA AND HIS DISCIPLE REGIS DEBRAY, AND THE THEORETICIAN AND SOCIOLOGIST HERBERT MARCUSE. ALTHOUGH TERRORIST GROUPS IN IRELAND AND PALESTINE SHOW OBVIOUS, THOUGH CONFUSED, TERRITORIAL AIMS, MANY OF THE GROUPS NOW MOST ACTIVE KIDNAP AND KILL TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES WHICH ARE INTERNATIONAL AND DOCTRINAL. THEIR LEADERS ARE OFTEN EDUCATED AND FROM PROSPEROUS FAMILIES. INDOCTRINATION AND PRACTICAL MILITARY KNOWLEDGE ARE EMPHASIZED. MONEY IS THE FUEL OF TERRORISM AND COMES FROM SUCH VARIED SOURCES AS GOVERNMENT LEADERS, INDIVIDUAL SYMPATHIZERS, THE DRUG TRADE, AND BANK RAIDS. AUTOMATIC AND MINIATURIZED WEAPONRY AND MILITARY-TYPE EXPLOSIVES, USUALLY PLASTIC, ARE USED BY MANY GROUPS. TAKEN BY SURPRISE, WESTERN DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES HAVE BEEN SLOW TO FIGHT BACK. BETTER INTELLIGENCE, SECURITY, AND TRAINED HOSTAGE NEGOTIATORS MAY IMPROVE THE ADVANTAGES OF ANTITERROR SQUADS, AS WELL AS A WELL-ARMED POLICE FORCE READY TO TAKE ACTION, IF NECESSARY. THE OBJECTIVES, ACTIVITIES, AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS OF TERRORIST GROUPS ARE ALSO EXAMINED, AND A CHRONOLOGY OF TERROR FROM 1969 TO THE PRESENT IS PRESENTED. A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS OF WEAPONS ARE INCLUDED. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Aircraft hijacking; Assassination; Baader-Meinhof Gang; Bombings; Counter-terrorism tactics; Crisis management; International cooperation; Irish Republican Army (IRA); Nuclear terrorism; Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO); Personal Security/Self Protection; Red Brigades; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorist tactics; Urban guerrilla warfare
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