- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2nd edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780374524975
- ISBN-13: 978-0374524975
- ASIN: 0374524971
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Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists 2nd Edition
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“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.
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Most people will be aware of Benjamin Netanyahu's history as a former Prime Minister of Israel, but few are aware of his service as a soldier in an elite anti-terrorist unit in the Israeli army. Netanyahu having considerable experience of fighting terrorism on the diplomatic, political and also military battlefields.
Netanyahu pulls no punches in his direct, vigorous assault upon terrorism. This latest edition being published since the aforementioned terrorist attacks and includes reference and comment in relation to them.
Anti-terrorism measures voiced by Netanyahu are weighed against the question of civil liberties and he also projects his views on the rise of Militant Islam and the nuclear threat provided by terrorist entities.
The author candidly and honestly declares his opinion that, what is at stake today in facing the present upsurge of terrorism and fundamentalism, is nothing less than the survival of our civilisation. He advocates that any such talk in apocalyptic terms which might have been irrelevant exaggeration some ten years ago, is now becoming an accepted fact of life.
Despite such a shocking affirmation, the former Israeli PM expresses confidence that the threat can be successfully tackled if the enormous reserves of power and facilities at the disposal of the West are appropriately and quickly marshalled.
Netanyahu believes that no international terrorism can flourish without the support of sovereign states. He maintains that the latter train, arm and indoctrinate the terrorists within safe havens provided by these regimes, who more often than not share their agendas, dispatching these groups or individuals to serve as their proxies of terror.
The views of the author have been proved true and accurate time and time again as the `war against terrorism' continues.
One need look no further than Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories. Fundamentalist Islamic terrorist groups are granted freedom to operate and receive the financial and political support from all these entities. Not to mention Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Arafat's rule in the Palestinian autonomous areas has seen the freedom and approval for the running of summer camps in Gaza where Palestinian children are openly seen receiving training to become suicide bombers, with undisguised instruction in the merits of martyrdom and the methods of murder. Yet the world looks on with apparent or wilful impotence.
The author proclaims that `the success of terrorists in one part of the terror network emboldens terrorists throughout the network'. Enough said.
Netanyahu adds that such small groups and
individuals `...nullify in large measure the need to have air power or intercontinental missiles as delivery systems for an Islamic nuclear payload, as...they will be the delivery system'.
The world would be foolish to ignore such a warning and it's potential consequences, especially with the hindsight of September 11th.
The author asks the question, "..do we rally to defeat this evil, while there is still time, or do we press a collective snooze button and go back to business as usual ?"
He continues to assert that, whilst the fight against terrorism might inflict some innocent civilian casualties, this in itself does not constitute a 'terrorism' of it's own, as some would argue.
Such casualties,he states, are entirely unintentional,indeed regrettable, but are tragedies by comparison and appropriate measures must be taken to minimise them.
To the contrary, terrorists do not unintentionally harm civilians! They deliberately murder, maim and menace civilians...in fact as many as conceivably possible!
It is Netanyahu's opinion that NOTHING can justify terrorism. No cause, grievance or agenda, irrespective of the opponent, state or race.
He asserts that any cause that uses terrorism to advance it's aims must NOT be rewarded, or seen to be rewarded...or accepted.
The recent climate of trying to equate or describe some terrorists as `freedom fighters' is like a cancer to such commendable anti-terror standards. Those promoting such a questionable policy must have their own agendas closely scrutinised, as they perhaps have a 'goal' of their own.
The author quite rightly affirms that the situation cannot be dismissed that a militant terrorist state could SOON use it's `proxies' to threaten or even launch a nuclear, chemical or biological attacks with apparent impunity.
Nor can the prospect be ignored that a militant regime would commit 'collective suicide' for the sake of a fanatical ideology. Such a scenario would inflict hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of civilian casualties.
Therefore the author is clear in his stand that EVERYTHING must be done to prevent such regimes (eg. Iraq, Iran) from developing such weapons or neutralising those already in their possession. Netanyahu suggests that a coalition be built around this very mission.
Although not a large book, (some 150 pages in the paperback version), it packs a considerable punch. Highly recommended read !
Even if the reader does not agree with everything in the book, he would in all fairness have to admit that there is nothing confusing, imprecise, or wishy-washy about its contents.
After thoughtfully considering this book's contents, especially in view of recent events, I inescapably arrived at the conclusion that there is no justification whatsoever for terrorism of any sort, that terrorism, at its basic level, merely seeks to take power, however violently or bloodily, from one set of hands and place it in another set of hands (namely and coincidentally, the hands of the terrorists and/or their sponsors). It seems that terrorism, by its very nature, cannot involve any form of honest altruism.
In a certain very real sense, after reading this book, one cannot walk away feeling particularly good; the threat of modern terrorism is frightening and forces one to take a real look at the world he lives in. One feels disturbed at a visceral level, knowing that whoever he is or wherever he lives, he is not immune to the threat of terrorism.
I find myself wishing/wondering what I can personnaly do to help eradicate the cancer of terrorism. I will look further.
Most of it is logical, about the dangers terror faces and the benefits of true freedoms to reduce it (free press, societies, etc) and the importance of not glossing over what we, as a free society face.
But he advocates reduction in America's precious liberty as a means to combat terror, something surprising coming from someone who grew up here.