- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1st Edition edition (May 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826414354
- ISBN-13: 978-0826414359
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,760,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the West's leading scholars of terrorism, author of The New Terrorism and other titles, takes on the vexing questions about its origins and manifestations and provides a lot to chew on along the way. Laqueur, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., is at his strongest in relating the history of terrorism and how the motivations underlying such violence have changed. At the end of the 19th century, he writes, secular leftists in Russia aimed at overthrowing that regime and their targets were limited in number; the range of victims became much wider beginning in the 1970s. Laqueur also emphasizes a range of causes of terror, such as the incompetence of Arab governments and a desire to use Israel as a scapegoat for Arab problems. (Israel, he thinks, should give back the West Bank and Gaza Strip to help its own democracy, not because it would eliminate one excuse for Arab and Muslim fury.) Laqueur also ridicules some media outlets for refusing to call a spade a spade, referring to terrorists as militants or using other euphemisms. Unfortunately, his reasoning can sometimes be hard to follow. On the one hand, he argues that poverty and Western policies do not cause terrorism, but elsewhere he says that if the world were less economically inequitable, there would likely be less terrorism. In an appendix, the author states that while a definition of terrorism is impossible, the vast majority of us know it when we see it. Some may find it difficult to share his certainty.
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Laqueur is with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C. foreign-policy think-tank, and he was a well-published authority on "postmodern" terrorism long before September 11. In his first major work since then, the author discusses what is (and what isn't) new about international terrorism, and predicts a long road ahead in dealing with aggressive fanaticism. Taking particular issue with the notion that terrorism can be dealt with by alleviating global economic disparity, Laqueur argues that the "drain the swamp and the mosquitoes will disappear" strategy does not apply to wealthy internationally focused groups like al-Qaeda, whose ideological roots more closely resemble nineteenth-century anarchism than social-justice-minded class struggle. We would do better, he argues, to invoke psychopathology rather than economics in analyzing suicidal terrorism, and blame, in part, the increasingly radical rhetoric of mainstream Islam. Edward Said fans, take note: Laqueur's unabashedly conservative argument--ultimately based on the notion that being hated is a natural consequence of being great and powerful--is at heart a pointed critique of the postcolonialist sympathy for radicalism, made all the more compelling by the author's extensive background in terrorism studies. Brendan Driscoll
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Laqueur is a scholar who has devoted much of his career to studying and writing about terrorism. His book provides an historical perspective to today's terrorism, which he demonstrates differs markedly and frighteningly from the terrorism of the past. He debunks many popular myths about today's terrorists, such as that terrorism is caused by poverty, or that the peaceful settlement of disputes, which necessarily involves compromises, will stop the terrorists from further atrocities. Laqueur admits that much is not known about terrorism, and he proposes no particular one course of action on how to stop terrorism, thereby thankfully rendering his book non-political. On the other hand, there is a great deal of knowledge on the subject and much of it is contained in these pages.
I read this book slowly and with a highlighter in hand. I have gained from it some understanding of terrorism, which I had previously lacked. The book is difficult reading in part because it is not elegantly written. However, what it lacks in style and organization, it more than makes up for in information and wisdom. I'm going to read many parts of it a second and third time. The one adjective that best describes my view of this is book is "important."
While Laqueur's account focuses mainly on the present-day phenomenon of Islamist-inspired terrorism, it also spends time on other terror groups with other agendas, and it's always informed by the general history of terrorism. In his chapter on suicide, for example, he not only writes about the obvious acts like 9-11 and the Palestinian attacks on Israel, but also mentions the Japanese kamikaze attacks during WW2 and the European idea of noble sacrifice in the Middle Ages. Laqueur's purpose in providing this context is to show that while the potential devastation by terror attacks has increased, the essential motivations triggering them still have historical precedents.
This is not another book on terrorism by someone who discovered the subject only after the attacks on 9-11. Laqueur has been studying the issue for more than three decades and his bibliography reveals sources taken from at least six different languages, including Russian, German and Arabic. What mars an otherwise great book are the author's clunky style and his sometimes questionable use of historical examples that he compares to modern terrorism.
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