- Hardcover: 151 pages
- Publisher: Diane Pub Co (August 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788155148
- ISBN-13: 978-0788155147
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,903,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic And International Terrorism
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This incisively written sequel to the author's Terrorism: How the West Can Win (Farrar, 1986) could not be more topical or timely. Netanyahu, former Israeli deputy foreign minister and U.N. ambassador and currently a Likud party candidate for prime minister, is a recognized terrorism expert. Notwithstanding its polemical tone, his cogent analysis is sobering and disquieting. Netanyahu traces the roots of and reasons for the current resurgence of domestic and international terrorism, decrying the international community's failure to take what he considers to be the necessary actions to combat it. Confident that the battle against it can be won, he offers a prescription predicated on increased Western resolve, vigilance, and cooperation spearheaded by the United States. Although there are those who will find some recommendations unpalatable for democratic societies, few readers will be unaffected by this provocative and impassioned exhortation to action. Highly recommended for all collections.?David Ettinger, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Not too far into the future, terrorists will be able to destroy entire cities, not just solitary buildings or conveyances. This prospect of a nuclear "suitcase from Allah," or, more specifically, from Iranian theocrats, has long worried security people, and Israeli politician Netanyahu wants to spread the alarm to Americans. He believes that although America was vigilant in the late 1980s, it has recently become complacent about Tehran-directed networks. Further, only after some outrage occurs does attention fall on the freedoms (from surveillance, to immigrate, and to bear arms) that terrorists use to their own advantage. So, Netanyahu wants American authorities to tighten up, which they have done after the Oklahoma disaster. He then turns to his country's targeting by Islamic terrorists and fumes about their use of PLO territory as a safe haven, despite Arafat's pledges. Expect that to end if Netanyahu becomes Israel's next prime minister, as this book's theme will be the major one in his campaign. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
He was a moving force behind the Jonathan Institute, which in 1979 organized an international conference against terrorism.
Netanyahu provides a compelling understanding of the roots, ideology and actions of terror, and also provides details to how it can be combated.
He gets to the heart of what terrorism is, and how it differs from other types of violence.
"Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic assault on civilians to inspire fear for political ends".
Netanyahu illustrates how terrorism differs from organized crime.
Organized crime is carried out for the purpose of financial gain, while terrorism is carried out for political ends.
While gangsters kill only those who they need to kill, usually other gangsters, terrorists aim to sow fear in the society, and aim to terrorize, murder and maim people in the society under target, often the most vulnerable such as old people, women and children.
Netanyahu disproves and attacks the evil propaganda of those who romanticize terrorists as fighters for freedom.
On the contrary terrorists are anti-democratic and totalitarian to the core, aiming to use pluralism and democracy to destroy pluralism and democracy. Terrrorists are the forerunners of tyranny.
Nothing justifies terrorism.
Terrorism is evil per se.
Netanyahu outlines the history of Arab and international terror, covering the links between Arab terror and other international terrorist organizations, including Marxist and Neo-Nazi terror groups.
In the early 1980s a Neo-Nazi terror network, organized by West German radicals Walter Hexel and Odfried Hepp renounced the traditional Nazi hostility towards Soviet Communism, identifying "American imperialism" as the occupying force from which West Germany had to be liberated by a renewed Nazism.
The Hexel and Hepp Neo-Nazi group was financed and armed by the Soviet Union, and trained by the Soviet-backed PLO in Lebanon.
It carried out attacks in collusion with Abu Abba's Palestine Liberation Front.
Netanyahu details the terror of the Soviet-PLO Axis. The Soviet sponsorship of terror is today continued by such terror states as North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Iran.
The author also outlines the sponsorship by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
of international terrorism hosting in Baghdad such terrorist groups as the Abu Nidal organization, Abul Abba's Palestine Liberation Front, and the organization of the notorious bomb maker Abu Ibrahim.
Yasser Arafat's PLO had an extensive network in Kuwait, and provided Saddam with important intelligence work in preparing for the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
PLO terrorists joined Iraqi troops after the invasion in a spree of terror, mass murder and rape against the Kuwaiti people after the invasion.
Netanyahu also covers the PLO strategy to destroy Israel through any means possible, and how they see the establishment of a Palestinian State in part of the Land of Israel, as a step to the complete destruction of Israel and it's replacement by an Arab Moslem State.
The PLO, during the Oslo Process of the 1990s, stated again and again their goal of using Oslo to comletely destroy Israel vowing "With blood, fire and sweat we will liberate all of Palestine and it's capital Jerusalem".
He saw the danger of a Holocaust by a nuclear Iran already in the 1990s and proposes action of sanctions and isolation, and if this fails millitary action to stop genocidal regimes like Iran gaining nuclear weapons.
He points out that while all nuclear proliferation is bad, it is far more dangerous in genocidal and totalitarian terror states than in liberal democracies, the latter of which are unlikely to ever use their nuclear arms.
He also gives a valuable outline of how the western democracies can fight and ultimately defeat the scourge of international terror and the states that sponsor and support it.
While there are some things I disagree with Netanyahu about (I don't like his attitude to social welfare in Israel), on the subject of terrorism and how to combat the scourge, he is spot on!
I think the most interesting thing for me really was the foreshadowing to September 11th, this book was written in 1995 and he was right on the mark with his warnings. It is also very interesting to note that with the info that has come out sense September 11th about what the U.S. law enforcement and intelligence community did know that if they would have followed his plan then one could see that maybe the attack could have been avoided. Overall, the book is ok. I wish he would have put more effort into it, a 140-page book is not much to get excited about. He started off with some history, but only thinly told it. There was room for him to expand on his ideas. I came away thinking that the base of the book was a newspaper or magazine article that he stretched into a book. If you like the author or are interested in the topic then I would suggest you pick up a copy.
However, to say that Netanyahu is no expert on terrorism is so absurd it's comical. Not only is he an expert on terrorism, this book was almost prophetic (having been written in 1995) in its predictions. Everything Netanyahu touched on either has come true or would be if terrorists had their way.
The final ten points he touches on have all been implemented to some degree following 9/11, and it's because of that implementation America hasn't been hit and terrorists have been extremely curtailed in their ability to do damage. This read is worth it, at least as a good introduction to the subject.