By Brian Michael Jenkins
This monograph studies occasions because the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, and discussess the present nation of al Qaeda constitutes the main severe instant danger to the safety of the USA, so the crusade opposed to terrorism has to be centred. The monograph describes the imperative parts that has to be emphasised within the subsequent, extra advanced part of that crusade.
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Stings may also be used as a deterrent to terrorists seeking WMD. Bogus offers of materials or expertise can be set up to identify and eliminate would-be buyers or middlemen, divert terrorists’ financial resources, and provoke uncertainty in terrorists’ acquisition efforts. It must be made clear that terrorist use of WMD will bring extraordinary responses. As terrorists escalate their violence, it is necessary to create a firebreak that signals a different set of responses to terrorist attempts to use WMD.
Still, the notion of deterrence should not be too hastily abandoned. The existence of self-imposed constraints in the past—and for most groups, today—suggests decisionmaking that calculates risks and costs. Al Qaeda’s unwillingness to attack Saudi targets despite its denunciation of the ruling family suggests that even bin Laden’s lieutenants make political calculations. We do not know what these are or how they are weighted by the decisionmakers. Al Qaeda may be reluctant to kill fellow Arabs; or if attacked, the ruling Saudi family might push its Wahabi religious allies to denounce bin Laden—and the Saudi government does have clout in the worldwide Islamic community.
It will seek to expand international conventions and cooperation. It will assist in resolving conflicts that may produce terrorism and will address the causes of the deep hatred that terrorists are able 24 Countering al Qaeda to exploit. S. actions for the 30 years since the creation in 1972 of the Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism. The distinction between war on terrorism and combating terrorism may also be useful in dealing with allies who attempt to enlist the United States in their wars.
Countering Al Qaeda : An Appreciation of the Situation and Suggestions for Strategy by Brian Michael Jenkins