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Solution for Dealing with Terrorism

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Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in terrorism all over the world. At the same time, many governments are at a loss on how to combat terrorism. Despite massive counter-terrorist ...

Over the past years there has been a dramatic increase in terrorism all over the world. At the same time, many governments are at a loss on how to combat terrorism. Despite massive counter-terrorist activities, terrorist attacks in weak states such as Afghanistan and Iraq have continued and the threat of attacks in developed countries remains strong.

In dealing with terrorism, place emphasis on the state´s capacity to protect the public, permit the exercise of its freedoms, and maintain public services.

Revolutionary groups that use terrorist tactics seek to undermine the legitimacy of the governments they oppose, as a prelude to their overthrow. Terrorist attacks are intended to show that the government cannot protect the citizens, and that the victory of the revolutionaries is inevitable. As these attacks are directed at public infrastructure and take their toll on innocent victims, the terrorists come to be feared by many.

For revolutionary terrorist groups to succeed, however, governments must fail. In modern society, governments are expected to exercise a monopoly of violence allowing them to maintain public order, deliver public goods and enable the exercise of individual and communal freedoms. The aim of the terrorist group is to prevent this.

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    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrorist ...

    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrori ...

    If the government succeeds in protecting the public and maintaining public services, then publicize the impact of terrorist violence on innocent civilians, in order to weaken the legitimacy of terrorist groups. At the same time, avoid overreaction.

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    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

    Avoid policies and pronouncements that feed grievance. In pluralistic societies, pursue policies that integrate immigrants, rather than just providing passive welfare support.

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    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

    Initiate a regional security regime for all the states of the Gulf and the Levant, aimed at mutual diplomatic recognition, gradual withdrawal of foreign forces, and nuclear nonproliferation.

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    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

    Govern through inclusive, legitimized political institutions, avoiding instrumental justification of violence.

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    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

    Initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons of mass destruction falling into terrorist hands.

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    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance support.

    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance ...

    Strengthen our ability to manage the financial risks of terrorism through a combination of public and private instruments: terrorism catastrophe bonds, mutual insurance pools, and government insurance support.

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