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p. 1147. Countering terrorismlocked

  • Charles Townshend

Abstract

What can be done about terrorism? The multiplicity of possible responses range from mild regulation to full-blooded military repression, but what are the possible benefits and what are the likely costs? ‘Countering terrorism’ considers the differences between antiterrorist and counterterrorist measures, looking at the pros and cons in impulsive, appropriate, and long-term responses to terrorist acts, especially in light of recent terrorist attacks in European cities; and discusses democracy against terrorism and the balance between freedom and security. It is unlikely that terrorism will ever end, but the belief is that it is no more likely to bring about the destruction of Western civilization than it was a century ago.

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