The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction

Paperback | September 15, 2000

byWalter Laqueur

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Recent attacks in Oklahoma City, at the World Trade Towers, and at American embassies in Africa demonstrate the horrifying consequences of a terrorist strike. But as technological advances make weapons of mass destruction frighteningly easy to acquire, a revolution is occurring in the verynature of terrorism--one that may make these attacks look like child's play. In The New Terrorism Walter Laqueur, one of the foremost experts on terrorism and international strategic affairs, recounts the history of terrorism and, more importantly, examines the future of terrorist activity worldwide. Laqueur traces the chilling trend away from terrorism perpetrated bygroups of oppressed nationalists and radicals seeking political change to small clusters of fanatics bent on vengeance and simple destruction. Coinciding with this trend is the alarming availability of weapons of mass destruction. Chemical and biological weapons are cheap and relatively easy to makeor buy. Even nuclear devices are increasingly feasible options for terrorists. And with the information age, cyber terrorism is just around the corner. Laqueur argues that as a new quasi-religious extreme right rises, with more personal and less ideological motivations than their left-wingcounterparts, it is only a matter of time before the attainability of weapons of mass destruction creates a terrifying and unstable scenario. From militant separatism in Kashmir to state-sponsored extremism in Libya and ecoterrorism in the West, The New Terrorism offers a thorough account of terrorism in all its past and current manifestations. Most importantly, it casts a sober eye to the future, when the inevitable marriage oftechnology and fanaticism will give us all something new to think about.

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Recent attacks in Oklahoma City, at the World Trade Towers, and at American embassies in Africa demonstrate the horrifying consequences of a terrorist strike. But as technological advances make weapons of mass destruction frighteningly easy to acquire, a revolution is occurring in the verynature of terrorism--one that may make these at...

Walter Laqueur is Co-Chair, International Research Council and holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in National Security Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is the author of Terrorism, Guerrilla, as well as Fascism and The Dream That Failed (both by OUP).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2000Language:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionTerrorism and HistoryWeapons of Mass DestructionTerrorist Motives: Marx, Muhammad, and ArmageddonArmageddonTerror and the Far RightReligion and TerrorismState TerrorismExotic TerrorismTerrorism and Organized CrimeTerrorism Today and TomorrowTerrorism of the FutureBibliographical EssayIndex

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"Walter Laqueur has written a panoramic study of terrorism, tracing this enduring phenomenon from its earliest roots to the present. His perspectives on the future course of terrorism, both in cyberspace and in the realm of agents of mass destruction, challenge policy makers, law enforcementofficials, and the public to a new awareness of the dangers that lie ahead. His work is provocative and thought provoking for layman and specialist alike." --Anthony C.E. Quainton, Former Ambassador for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State