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Gener Al the Lord Guthrie of Cr Aigiebank Terrorism: How Dangerous Is the Threat?

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Although terrorism has always been with us there is still no common agreement on how to define a terrorist. We also see technology helping the terrorist in other ways. Weapons of mass destruction can now be made that are small, light and cheap. We now have two new aspects of terrorism: the first technological, the second ideological, which have increased our difficulties in dealing with terrorism. It may be impossible to eliminate all terrorist incidents, but if we can reduce their numbers, their frequency and their lethality, our societies will greatly benefit. First, terrorism cannot be solved unilaterally. Multinational cooperation is essential. Secondly, there is inevitable tension between the need for security measures and the need to protect freedoms. Third, every effort must be made to suppress the financing of terrorist acts. Fourth, the military certainly has an important part to play, a part only they can play.

Keywords: mass destruction; multinational cooperation; security measures; terrorism



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