International Terrorism and Threats to Security

International Terrorism and Threats to Security

Managerial and Organizational Challenges

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper

This original collection examines the managerial and organizational implications of international terrorism and threats to security. When Islamic terrorists flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center on 9/11, it changed much of the world forever. The number of deaths and the financial losses resulting from the attack was unprecedented. 9/11 highlighted how risky life in organizations had become.

Chapter 7: March 11, 2004, Terrorist Attacks in Madrid, Spain: Psychopathological Aftermath and Comparisons with September 11, 2001, NYC

Hector González-Ordi, Antonio Cano-Vindel, Iciar Iruarrizaga and Juan Jose Miguel-Tobal

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, politics and public policy, international relations, terrorism and security


Hector González-Ordi, Antonio Cano-Vindel, Iciar Iruarrizaga and Juan Jose Miguel-Tobal INTRODUCTION Traumatic events are mainly conceptualized by their capacity to evoke terror, fear, helplessness, or horror in the face of a threat to life or serious injury, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (1994). Among them, terrorist acts or attacks are human-made events that cause intentional interpersonal violence with the aim of provoking disruption to the experience of safety in communities (Fullerton et al., 2003). In addition, clinical and epidemiological literature have shown that often human-made disasters, such as terrorist acts, can be more disturbing and disruptive than natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and so on (see Norris et al., 2002; Galea et al., 2005). Rather than merely an act of war in any traditional sense of destroying the material, technical or personal resources of an enemy, ‘terrorism is about taking strategic actions that incite terror and fright in civilian populations’ (McDermott and Zimbardo, 2007, p. 358). In this sense, as it is pointed out elsewhere, terrorism is fundamentally about psychology (Bongar, 2007). MADRID, MARCH 11, 2004: PERI-TRAUMATIC REACTIONS In the morning of March 11, 2004, Madrid, Spain, suffered the biggest terror attack in its history, which can be compared to the London terror attacks in 2005. Both were the biggest terror attacks that Western Europe 153 154 Impact of terrorism has ever experienced. The Al Qaeda group placed 10 bombs which exploded in four commuter trains during the rush hour when most people...

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