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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.

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.

By using this tactic in the 1970s, European governments progressively isolated German and Italian terrorists from those who might have supported them ideologically, and these groups were eventually defeated. As security  has been restored in Iraqi neighborhoods and some public services provided, communities have begun to oppose al-Qa´ida´s tactics and its violent attacks on civilians have become counterproductive. Many reports on acts of terrorism at present, however, focus on the impact they have had on the targets chosen by the terrorist groups. This builds credibility for the revolutionaries by publicizing their objectives and the results they are achieving.

Public perceptions of the risk that jihadist terrorism poses to societies in the West overestimate the present danger because few grasp the asymmetry in the capacities of al-Qa´ida and Western counterterrorism agencies.  Meanwhile, statements that Western societies are at “war with terror” strengthen terrorist groups rather than weakening them. They reward al-Qa´ida in particular by building its reputation. The main risk to Western society at this point is not the harm that terrorists can inflict, but the harm that we may do to the values that define us, by over-reacting. What “over-reacting” means depends on a society´s underlying values. Any reaction that implies a clear breach of these values can be considered an over-reaction.

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