Countering Terrorism Through Military Means?
Terrorism is not a new phenomenon. Yet our concern of it seems to evolve in proportion to its affect upon us. Today, first and foremost it is the US government that is requesting the countries of the world to actively and effectively fight terrorism. This was different in the 1970s when it was the European countries who were most affected by terrorist acts and they tried in vain to convince the United States of the dangers of terrorism (Jenkins 2003). The reactions of governments against this threat were until recently conditioned by the type of single terror attacks themselves; the various terrorist activities did not seem to be interconnected. Today for the first time, a systematic — although not necessarily successful — security strategy to counter terrorism is being pursued. US President George Bush called the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 the first war of the twenty-first century, which would also require a military strategy of the twenty-first century (US Government 2002b). The present security situation is drastically changed since the fight is against an almost invisible enemy. The global dimension of terrorism, though at least partly rooted locally and regionally, is the central defining element of US, and a number of other countries’, military strategy.
KeywordsArmed Force Terrorist Attack Mass Destruction Military Power International Terrorism
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