A very serious and terrifying aspect of contemporary society is the ever-present threat of terrorist activity. Understanding this ominous kind of threat is the best way to prepare for it, and this book provides rich insight into: the definitions and classifications of terrorism; the impact of international events on terrorism in the United States; trends in domestic terrorism; infiltration by foreign terrorist groups; media and terrorism; reducing the risk and deterrents; and current trends and projects for the future.
The Threat from outside
The bombing of the World Trade Center should not have surprised anyone paying attention to international events, says Harvey W. Kushner. In Chapter 1, “The New Terrorism,” Kushner discusses the events that made it possible for a new breed of foreign terrorists to bomb the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. According to Kushner, the new breed of foreign terrorists is potentially more potent than the state-sponsored terrorists who targeted Americans prior to the toppling of the shah of Iran and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The new terrorists are harder to combat as well. In the past, Kushner says, it was easy to contain terrorists who organized themselves into corporate-type organizations with discernible power structures. ...