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By Brian Michael Jenkins

This monograph experiences occasions because the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, and discussess the present nation of al Qaeda constitutes the main severe instant hazard to the safety of the U.S., so the crusade opposed to terrorism needs to be centred. The monograph describes the vital components that needs to be emphasised within the subsequent, extra complicated section of that crusade.

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Strategy should be amended to include political warfare. There appears to be a curious bias in America: The nation endorses death to terrorists but is loath to use influence. This bias has been perpetuated in bureaucratic in-fighting and deliberate misrepresentation. But it is not sufficient to merely outgun the terrorists. The enemy here is an ideology, a set of attitudes, a belief system organized into a recruiting network that will continue to replace terrorist losses unless defeated politically.

The monument to those killed on September 11 and to those who may die in future terrorist attacks cannot be a mountain of innocent dead in some distant land. At home, it is imperative that America play by the rules, although those rules may be changed. Every liberal democracy confronting terrorism has been obliged to modify rules governing intelligence collection, police powers, preventive detention, access to lawyers, or trial procedures. The United States has attempted to kill enemy commanders during times of war—the prohibition against assassination is a presidential directive, not a law.

The United States may not be able (or may not want) to duplicate this situation with al Qaeda. It may pre- 26 Countering al Qaeda fer to demonstrate that large-scale attacks will bring unrelenting pursuit and ultimate destruction in order to deter future terrorist groups. Deterrence might also be employed in targeting terrorists’ support systems. Economic sanctions, although blunt instruments, have had some effect in modifying state behavior. The fate of the Taliban serves as a warning to state supporters of terrorism.

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