Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge
The greatest danger facing the world today, says Alan M. Dershowitz, comes from religiously inspired, state sponsored terrorist groups that seek to develop weapons of mass destruction for use against civilian targets. In his newest book, Dershowitz argues passionately and persuasively that global terrorism is a phenomenon largely of our own making and that we must and can take steps to reduce the frequency and severity of terrorist acts.
Analyzing recent acts of terrorism and our reaction to them, Dershowitz explains that terrorism is successful when the international community gives in to the demands of terrorists--or even tries to understand and eliminate the "root causes” of terrorism. He discusses extreme approaches to wiping out international terrorism that would work if we were not constrained by legal, moral, and humanitarian considerations. And then, given that we do operate under such constraints, he offers a series of proposals that would effectively reduce the frequency and severity of international terrorism by striking a balance between security and liberty.
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WHY TERRORISM WORKS: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the ChallengeUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The ubiquitous and prolific Harvard law professor (Shouting Fire, 2002, etc.) weighs in on civil liberties and international justice in a time of terror.Some of Dershowitz's theses will be familiar to ... Read full review
Why terrorism works: understanding the threat, responding to the challengeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
You can love him or hate him, but Dershowitz (Harvard Law Sch.) is always worth reading. In this bracing work, he gently upbraids those who chalked up the September 11 attacks on New York and ... Read full review