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Dirty War, Or: How Democracies Can Lose In The Fight Against Terrorism

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Following the 11 September attacks, an extensive debate began within government circles and academia about the possible ways of tackling these new agents of the world disorder, who apparently have no qualms about the mayhem they produce and deaths they cause. In order to examine a full validity of the arguments favouring the use of extreme techniques in the fight against terrorism, it is necessary to look at the historical cases that show the relative effectiveness of such techniques in the long run of the counter-terrorist struggle. For this purpose, this chapter presents two cases where dirty war techniques were employed by democracies in an attempt to defeat armed insurgents, namely, Spain and Peru.

Keywords: 11 september attacks; democracies; fight against terrorism; Peruvian dirty war; Spanish dirty war



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