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Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists [Paperback]

by Benjamin Netanyahu
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2001 0374524971 978-0374524975 2nd
In this innovative and concise work, Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu offers a compelling approach to understanding and fighting the increase in domestic and international terrorism throughout the world. Citing diverse examples from around the globe, Netanyahu demonstrates that domestic terrorist groups are usually no match for an advanced technological society which can successfully roll back terror without any significant curtailment of civil liberties. But Netanyahu sees an even more potent threat from the new international terrorism which is increasingly the product of Islamic militants, who draw their inspiration and directives from Iran and its growing cadre of satellite states. The spread of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, coupled with the possibility that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, poses a more frightening threat from an adversary less rational and therefore less controllable than was Soviet Communism. How democracies can defend themselves against this new threat concludes this provocative book.

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Editorial Reviews


"An excellent primer on the groups, motives, and methods of the current terrorist threat."—Bill Gertz, The Washington Times

"Netanyhu has produced a small volume updating the story of international terrorism and his advice on how t odefeat it. His message . . . is a correct one."—Peter W. Rodman, The Washington Post Book World

"This short book is well worth reading, and is likely to spark renewed debate about the central dilemma Netanyahu addresses . . . He offers vigorous, proactive, pre-emptive measures."—Victor T. Levine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Netanyahu traces the history of terrorism with scholarship and makes a strong case that the West has not prepared itself properly for increased domestic and international terrorism."—Berl Faulbaum, The Detroit News

"Vigorous . . . Mr. Netanyahu's arguement, which is soberly and clearly made, cannot be taken lightly."—Richard Berstein, The New York Times

"Strong but not belligerent, adamant but measured . . . It's hard to put uo nuch of an argument against Netanyahu's prophetic book."—David Finkle, The Trenton Times

About the Author

From his days as a soldier in an elite anti-terror unit in the Israeli army to his years as Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has fought terrorism on the military, diplomatic and political battlefields. He has also written A Place Among the Nations: Israel and the World.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2nd edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374524971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374524975
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard solutions for a deadly problem January 15, 2001
As a former Naval Counter-terrorism analyst, I look for books that provide factual material without a sugarcoating of political ideology. Prime Minister Netanyahu has well accomplished this feat within this book. By using both personal experience and historical perspective, PM Netanyahu provides a step by step program for the isolation and eventual defeat of terrorist organizations. He provides heretofore unknown facts that gives an insight into the mindset of the terrorists and those that fight them. This book is a 'must read' for any student of International Politics, Terrorism, those wishing to learn the truth of international terrorism
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
This work is an exceptionally honest perspective on the nature of and driving forces behind the use of terrorism as a political weapon. Netanyahu, like few others, refuses to mince words and relinquish the moral ground when chronicling the "deliberate and systematic assault on civilians to inspire political ends."
Voltaire wrote that there are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. Unlike those who brandish obfuscation and appeasement as political weaponry (q.v., Bill Clinton and Colin Powell), Netanyahu convincingly dismantles the "cause" of terrorism at its most vulnerable place: its philosophy. He brings a clarity of vision-coupled with a compelling and well researched historical record-to bear on what, in the light of day, cannot be called a just cause.
Accordingly, while the bulk of his work appropriately focuses on the Middle East (the birthplace of modern terrorism), he elucidates many of the causes behind terrorism on both a domestic and an international scale-from the Oklahoma and New York Trade Tower bombings (the book was written in 1995) to the rise of the PLO and other European terrorist organizations as puppets for a corrupt Soviet regime. Netanyahu's principled argument and clear writing style are only made more stark by the compelling historical record that leads him to his final conclusion.
The history of terrorism is not light reading, but it is crucial to known thine enemy. Netanyahu details the mentality behind this enemy by showing that "[i]t is not only that the ends of the terrorists do not succeed in justifying the means they choose; their choice of means indicates what their true ends are.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice August 24, 2002
Unfortunately, I had to read this book at sort of funny intervals because right when I was finishing it up I was also dealing with starting school, so if anything I write is moronic, forgive me.
My parents saw Mr. Netanyahu speak in Indianapolis a couple years ago around the time that 9/11 happened, but I am not sure if it was before or after the tragedy. My Dad got this book for Christmas and he read it, and passed it on to me since I have developed a strong interest in the Middle East. This book in itself is very short, but the pages are chock full of information that every American needs to know now that it has been proven that terrorist orginazations are capable of carrying out large scale attacks on American soil.
I have heard a few people complain that this book is Pro-Israeli. My response to these people is that OF COURSE it is Pro-Israeli, as Nentanyahu was the former PM of Israel and also served in the Israeli military. So anyway, if you are looking for something that is not biased, look somewhere else.
This book is easy to read, and it very well outlines the history of terrorism in the Middle East and what democracies have done to defeat it in the past, and what we must do to defeat it now. Mr. Netanyahu does a fine job of explaining everything, and he writes it in a manner that an average person can understand. The main question that concludes this book is will the United States step up and defeat the terrorists or will we do the foolish thing and go "back to normal." Right now it looks like to me we are taking the wrong path, and the United States MUST step up if we want to remain the dominant power. The book emphasizes the fact we must step up, but remains well rounded by addressing the question of violating civil liberties.
If you are a concerned American and want to learn about the terrorist threat but don't have a lot of time, this is your best bet.This book is good, short, and easy to understand.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sobering warning October 17, 2001
This brisk volume by Benjamin Netanyahu is a useful guide to combatting terrorism, and although it doesn't mention Osama bin Laden's name, its lessons are relevant to the struggle of today.
Netanyahu compellingly shows why refusing to give in to terrorist demands is not just the least worst option -- it is really the only good option for fighting terrorism. During the 1985 TWA hijacking, our refusal to even consider terrorist demands led to the terrorists' backing down. Netanyahu says we sent a very different signal during the Iran-Contra affair, when our willingness to negotiate with terrorists spawned even more kidnappings.
Netanyahu also urges us not to underestimate the extent to which terrorism is centrally funded and organized. The West's failure to recognize that 1970s terrorism was NOT a series of disconnected plots by local dissidents, but was instead instigated by the Soviet Union set the battle against terrorism back years. We should not forget this today.
Those interested in the PLO-Israeli "peace process" should also read this book: its' account of the extent to which terrorism is condoned at the highest levels in the Palestinean leadership, and why Palestineans will never accept the existence of a Jewish state is quite sobering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly light
From someone on the front lines of the terror wars (note: this was written when Bibi was on the outs in the Israeli government, before his current term in office), there was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Luftschein
3.0 out of 5 stars Bibi
A good read I think I would have enjoyed an updated version than this. I know he has dealt with more situations since this book was published.
Published 2 months ago by Kelly D. Knox
1.0 out of 5 stars My bull#%^, senses were tingling at the Foreward.
This is pure government propaganda, this book has come to fruition 12 years later: endless war, more civil liberties being taken away, spying, wiretapping. Read more
Published 13 months ago by jay w. l. booth
5.0 out of 5 stars very good suggestions for controlling terrorism
I found that this book is very good. It presents outstanding suggestions for managing terrorism. He has impeccable credentials. Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Robert W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars a slow but good book
Here is another book with a really old bookmark, all I need is a few more weeks of being snowed in and I will be through all of my started books pile. Read more
Published on March 12, 2011 by Martin Streetman
4.0 out of 5 stars A formula for fighting terror: winning over minds combined with...
A. Overview
This brief book provides the reader with a concise overview of how terrorism can be fought and defeated in democratic societies. Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by John M. Balouziyeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Look Into the Crystal Ball
When Arthur Miller said that, "Real prophets are not soothe-sayers, they are irritants," he was referring to someone paramount to Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by Dr. Smoker
2.0 out of 5 stars Too basic for a serious reading of the subject
A very basic/introductory look at terrorism. I had to read this for a graduate level course - nothing new or revealing. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by PINS
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book
So much of this book is just common sense. so why do countries, governments and people just ignore the simple???? Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by Jeffrey Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book by a Great Prime Minister
I have know Benjamin Netanyahu for 28yrs. As a #1 New York TImes Bestseller. I encourage all my book buyers to buy this book. Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by MD
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