In this innovative and concise work, Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu offers a compelling approach to understanding and fighting the increase in domestic and international terrorism throughout the world. Citing diverse examples from around the globe, Netanyahu demonstrates that domestic terrorist groups are usually no match for an advanced technological society which can successfully roll back terror without any significant curtailment of civil liberties. But Netanyahu sees an even more potent threat from the new international terrorism which is increasingly the product of Islamic militants, who draw their inspiration and directives from Iran and its growing cadre of satellite states. The spread of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, coupled with the possibility that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, poses a more frightening threat from an adversary less rational and therefore less controllable than was Soviet Communism. How democracies can defend themselves against this new threat concludes this provocative book.
Netanyahu, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and currently the leader of Israel's Likud Party, asserts that the new wave of worldwide terrorism is accompanied by a steady escalation of violence--car bombs capable of bringing down entire buildings, lethal chemicals that can threaten cities--and the possibility that militant Middle Eastern states may soon possess nuclear weapons. His brief but instructive overview traces the growing linkage between international and domestic terrorism and offers practical suggestions for combatting both. Netanyahu envisions a U.S.-led program of counterterrorism that would include the imposition of diplomatic, economic and military sanctions against governments that support terrorism (such as Hamas cells in Gaza); the neutralization of terrorist enclaves; and the sharing of relevant intelligence by the Western democracies.