Fighting Terrorism

An Enduring Task

by Brian Michael Jenkins

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Abstract

Presents questions and answers from an interview with ADN-Kronos, an Italian news service, published in Il Messagero and later in the Washington Post. Discusses the international connections between terrorist groups (mainly logistical), the differences between Italian and other terrorists, the seemingly low level of terrorism in the United States (which consists largely of symbolic bombings with few deaths, and is overshadowed by other violent crime), the increasing resistance of governments to terrorist demands, the diminishing publicity value of terrorist actions as they become commonplace, and the inadvisability of censoring news media to deprive terrorists of publicity. The author suggests that tolerance of some degree of terrorism may simply be the price we must pay to maintain democratic free societies.

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