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Can Tyrants be Deterred?

  • Betty Glad

Abstract

When George W. Bush on September 11, 2001 declared a U.S. war on terrorism, he indicated that not only would the terrorist groups themselves be targeted, but the states that provided them safe harbor would be considered adversaries as well. As he said in an address to the Nation on September 11, 2001, “… We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”1 The war, he suggested on several other occasions, would in all probability extend “beyond his watch’2 and reach every corner of the world in which the enemy might hide.3 It would be fought at the economic level as well as the military level. Employing language with a biblical flavor, he saw the United States as having “a calling to lead” in what was a battle between good and evil.4 Other nations, he declared in a variety of settings, would have to choose whether or not they sided with the good or the evil, and if they chose the latter, they would “pay a heavy price.”5

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United States Saudi Arabia Middle East Terrorist Group Suez Canal 
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