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Terror Who?

Modern states–Britain, France, Russia, the United States, Japan–are now facing a new phenomenon, the terrorist. But who is this terrorist, who may be supported by weaker states or have no state support at all? To begin with, a terrorist is not a guerrilla. Guerrillas almost always are revolutionary fighters within the borders of their own state, and have a specific program for social change should they succeed in capturing the state apparatus. In contrast, terrorism may be viewed as the fallout from the forced modernization, thwarted leadership and failed revolutionary activity throughout the Third World. (Indigenous terrorists in Western countries are usually opposing their government’s policies toward the Third World.)

Terrorist acts are often desperate efforts to strike back at megapolitan oppressors who are regarded as historically responsible for the destruction of the terrorists’ traditional Read the rest of this entry »