International Terrorism

Choosing the Right Target

by Brian Michael Jenkins

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Abstract

The author addresses the question of “What really is the Soviet role in international terrorism?” The Soviet Union provides direct and indirect support, including arms and training, to many groups that have used terrorist tactics in the course of their struggle. There is, however, no convincing evidence that the Soviets are orchestrating terrorism worldwide. Publicly blaming the Soviet Union for terrorism may give any future measure proposed to combat it the cast of an anti-Soviet ploy. The author feels that now is the propitious time to seek an international agreement reasserting diplomatic immunity and calling for diplomatic isolation of nations who indulge in terrorist activities. If we go after the Russians instead, the terrorists may get away.

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