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Terrorism - Ann Graham Gaines

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Pieces of jumbo jet raining from the sky, thousands of subway riders sicked by nerve gas, a government building reduced to rubble; each of these recent nightmarish scenes was the handiwork of terrorists, people willing to shed blood- often the blood of innocent civilians- in order to send a political message.

Terrorism examines the many faces of this worldwide phenomenon, revealing a range of practitioners motivated by political ideologies by religious fanaticism, by ethnic or cultural identity- sometimes even by money. Though their numbers are few and their military capabilities insignificant, terrorists hope to intimidate, coerce, or punish powerful governments of whole societies with random violence. Their effects are often aided by governments or international criminal organisation pursuing their own goals, which are greatly complicates antiterrorism efforts.

As this book makes clear, however that isn't the only factor that complicates the fight against terrorism. Terrorists present a special challenge to democratic nations for their ruthlessness invites a ruthless response. The price of eliminating the threat of terrorism may well be the violation of long held ideas and the diminished of cherished liberties, a price that free societies are loath to pay.

ISBN: 9780791069240
ISBN-10: 0791069249
Series: Crime, Justice and Punishment Ser.
Audience: Children
For Ages: 15+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: Facts On File, Incorporated
Dimensions (cm): 23.495 x 18.415
Weight (kg): 0.295