- Mass Market Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (April 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380703211
- ISBN-13: 978-0380703210
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terrorism: How the West Can Win Mass Market Paperback – April, 1987
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If the leaders of countries victimized by terrorism had implemented the measures advocated in this volume, terrorism would be doomed and the vicious attack on the US on Black Tuesday would never have happened.
Benjamin Netanyahu's "Terrorism: How the West Can Win" is a dated but still relevant work. Originally written in 1986 it is amazing how much in this book has come to be. And how the U.S. eleven years into the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) still struggles with points discussed in this book. The final chapter, an essay by the author, whose brother was killed commanding the Entebbe raid, leading an elite Israeli strike force., has been often quoted and excerpted as perhaps the strongest public policy argument for a broad gauge use of stringent measures against terrorism, including economic blockade, denial of airline access, and use of military vs. police elements for selected counter-terrorism operations. Overall not to bad of a book.
Those who support terrorism tend to reply that actually, those who fight terrorism are the terrorists. And that the real question to ask is "what drives such good people to commit acts Netanyahu calls 'terrorism?'" And the most famous line, that one Man's terrorist is another Man's freedom fighter. Um, right. And one Woman's cat is another Woman's dog, I suppose! A better analogy might be that one person's policeman is another person's robber. Well, there is a difference between terrorists and those who oppose them. And it is counterproductive to give in to terrorist demands. That is what this book is about.
There are over three dozen contributors. George Shultz focuses on the need for better intelligence. I agree: that would have helped avert 9/11. Benzion Netanyhau points out that the PLO can't be freedom fighters, given that they fight for oppression rather than against it. Paul Johnson says we must have courage to deny hiding places to terrorists. Daniel Moynahan explains that there is a justification to go after terrorists internationally, given that terrorism opposes both freedom and human rights. Alain Bescancon shows how Russian terrorists in the 1870s obtained public support. Leszek Kowalski says that state-supported terror is simply war and ought to be treated as such. Jeane Kirkpatrick argues that terrorist victories lead to the establishment of totalitarian states.
There is a section on Islamic terrorism. Bernard Lewis tells us about the Assassins.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very racist attack on Islam and Muslims. The editor and most contributors seem to believe that terrorism and violence is congenital to Islam and Muslims.Published 21 months ago by The Truth Seeker
I will quote the following from Edward Said's Review:
"There are some low-level oddities about this book that should be noted quickly. Read more
The 3-star rating is due to the level of enlightenment the book provided. Not so much because anything stated within the countless essays was profoundly insightful, accurate, or... Read morePublished on April 23, 2005 by D. Garcia