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Title:
Terrorism : opposing viewpoints
Author:
Egendorf, Laura K., 1973-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Is terrorism a serious threat? -- What motivates terrorists? -- Can terrorism be justified? -- How should the United States respond to terrorism?
ISBN:
9780737701371

9780737701364
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Summary

Summary

In the wake of September 11, 2001, the world has become more aware of the dangers of terrorism. The contributors to this volume debate the seriousness of the threat, the causes of terrorism, and how the United States and international community should respond.


Summary

In the wake of September 11, 2001, the world has become more aware of the dangers of terrorism. The contributors to this volume debate the seriousness of the threat, the causes of terrorism, and how the United States and international community should respond.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-The 25 articles in this volume are copyrighted in 2001 or later, with almost a third of them from 2003. Essays address biological terrorism, possible causes of terrorism, the Patriot Act, racial profiling, immigration, the United Nations' involvement in fighting it, and war as a response to terrorism. Although most of the entries are excerpted from scholarly journals, some have been taken from Congressional testimony. Familiar names such as John Ashcroft and L. Paul Bremer are represented as well as an essay credited to Hamas. The well-written articles give students much to consider and discuss. Pair this volume with Robert Taylor's The History of Terrorism (Gale, 2002) and Stephen Currie's Terrorists and Terrorist Groups (Gale, 2002) for objective research.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-The 25 articles in this volume are copyrighted in 2001 or later, with almost a third of them from 2003. Essays address biological terrorism, possible causes of terrorism, the Patriot Act, racial profiling, immigration, the United Nations' involvement in fighting it, and war as a response to terrorism. Although most of the entries are excerpted from scholarly journals, some have been taken from Congressional testimony. Familiar names such as John Ashcroft and L. Paul Bremer are represented as well as an essay credited to Hamas. The well-written articles give students much to consider and discuss. Pair this volume with Robert Taylor's The History of Terrorism (Gale, 2002) and Stephen Currie's Terrorists and Terrorist Groups (Gale, 2002) for objective research.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Bruce HoffmanLarry C. JohnsonSam NunnEhud SprinzakMatthew G. Devost and Brian K. Houghton and Neil Allen PollardWilliam Church and John BorlandMagnus RanstorpJoseba Zulaika and William A. DouglassDavid C. RapoportAllen HammondEhud SprinzakDavid Bar-IllanTerrorism Research CenterMartin LindstedtBill ClintonMark O'ConnellOsama Bin Ladin and John MillerNida'ul IslamSeifeldin AshmawyKeith O. FultzRobert W. HahnHolger JensenRaymond CloseLouis J. FreechJeffrey RosenBruce HoffmanLarry C. JohnsonSam NunnEhud SprinzakMatthew G. Devost and Brian K. Houghton and Neil Allen PollardWilliam Church and John BorlandMagnus RanstorpJoseba Zulaika and William A. DouglassDavid C. RapoportAllen HammondEhud SprinzakDavid Bar-IllanTerrorism Research CenterMartin LindstedtBill ClintonMark O'ConnellOsama Bin Ladin and John MillerNida'ul IslamSeifeldin AshmawyKeith O. FultzRobert W. HahnHolger JensenRaymond CloseLouis J. FreechJeffrey Rosen
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Is Terrorism a Serious Threat?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Terrorism Is a Serious Threatp. 17
2. The Threat of Terrorism Is Overstatedp. 26
3. Weapons of Mass Destruction Pose a Terrorist Threatp. 35
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction Do Not Pose a Terrorist Threatp. 41
5. Terrorism Against Information Systems Is a Threatp. 45
6. The Threat of Information Terrorism Has Been Overstatedp. 51
Periodical Bibliographyp. 56
Chapter 2 What Motivates Terrorists?
Chapter Prefacep. 58
1. Religious Fanaticism Motivates Terroristsp. 59
2. Postwar Developments Motivate Terroristsp. 67
3. Democracy Encourages Terrorismp. 73
4. Economic Distress Motivates Terroristsp. 77
5. Israeli Actions Motivate Middle East Terroristsp. 81
6. Palestinian Leaders Motivate Middle East Terroristsp. 87
7. A Combination of Factors Motivates Terroristsp. 94
Periodical Bibliographyp. 99
Chapter 3 Can Terrorism Be Justified?
Chapter Prefacep. 101
1. Resistance to Tyranny Justifies Violence Against the U.S. Governmentp. 102
2. Violence Against the Government Is Not Justifiedp. 109
3. Resistance to British Rule Justifies Bombings in Northern Irelandp. 115
4. Bombings in Northern Ireland Cannot Be Justified Andersonstown Newsp. 119
5. American Policies in the Middle East Justify Islamic Terrorismp. 123
6. Israeli Occupation of Palestine Justifies Islamic Terrorismp. 131
7. The Islamic Faith Does Not Condone Terrorismp. 138
Periodical Bibliographyp. 145
Chapter 4 How Should the United States Respond to Terrorism?
Chapter Prefacep. 147
1. Tougher Aviation Security Measures Will Help Reduce Terrorismp. 148
2. Tougher Aviation Security Measures Will Not Reduce Terrorismp. 156
3. The United States Should Retaliate Against Terrorist Groupsp. 162
4. Retaliation Efforts Against Terrorists Are Fruitlessp. 167
5. Expanding the FBI's Powers Is a Necessary Response to Terrorismp. 173
6. Counterterrorism Legislation Is a Dangerous Expansion of Governmental Powersp. 179
Periodical Bibliographyp. 184
Terrorism: A Look at Three Key Areasp. 185
For Further Discussionp. 189
Organizations to Contactp. 191
Bibliography of Booksp. 194
Indexp. 197
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?p. 9
Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Is Terrorism a Serious Threat?
Chapter Prefacep. 16
1. Terrorism Is a Serious Threatp. 17
2. The Threat of Terrorism Is Overstatedp. 26
3. Weapons of Mass Destruction Pose a Terrorist Threatp. 35
4. Weapons of Mass Destruction Do Not Pose a Terrorist Threatp. 41
5. Terrorism Against Information Systems Is a Threatp. 45
6. The Threat of Information Terrorism Has Been Overstatedp. 51
Periodical Bibliographyp. 56
Chapter 2 What Motivates Terrorists?
Chapter Prefacep. 58
1. Religious Fanaticism Motivates Terroristsp. 59
2. Postwar Developments Motivate Terroristsp. 67
3. Democracy Encourages Terrorismp. 73
4. Economic Distress Motivates Terroristsp. 77
5. Israeli Actions Motivate Middle East Terroristsp. 81
6. Palestinian Leaders Motivate Middle East Terroristsp. 87
7. A Combination of Factors Motivates Terroristsp. 94
Periodical Bibliographyp. 99
Chapter 3 Can Terrorism Be Justified?
Chapter Prefacep. 101
1. Resistance to Tyranny Justifies Violence Against the U.S. Governmentp. 102
2. Violence Against the Government Is Not Justifiedp. 109
3. Resistance to British Rule Justifies Bombings in Northern Irelandp. 115
4. Bombings in Northern Ireland Cannot Be Justified Andersonstown Newsp. 119
5. American Policies in the Middle East Justify Islamic Terrorismp. 123
6. Israeli Occupation of Palestine Justifies Islamic Terrorismp. 131
7. The Islamic Faith Does Not Condone Terrorismp. 138
Periodical Bibliographyp. 145
Chapter 4 How Should the United States Respond to Terrorism?
Chapter Prefacep. 147
1. Tougher Aviation Security Measures Will Help Reduce Terrorismp. 148
2. Tougher Aviation Security Measures Will Not Reduce Terrorismp. 156
3. The United States Should Retaliate Against Terrorist Groupsp. 162
4. Retaliation Efforts Against Terrorists Are Fruitlessp. 167
5. Expanding the FBI's Powers Is a Necessary Response to Terrorismp. 173
6. Counterterrorism Legislation Is a Dangerous Expansion of Governmental Powersp. 179
Periodical Bibliographyp. 184
Terrorism: A Look at Three Key Areasp. 185
For Further Discussionp. 189
Organizations to Contactp. 191
Bibliography of Booksp. 194
Indexp. 197