Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith
This chapter posits that strategy – or strategic theory – can clarify much that seems elusive in understanding the concept and practice of terrorism. After all, if we are unclear about how we understand such a term in common use then that must, by logical inference, mean that we are likely to be uncertain about what it actually is in practice. Our reactions and any policy responses are likely to be equally confused as a result. The application of strategic theory, we shall argue, can act to dispel popular assumptions and misconceptions and even offer some surprises about how it may be possible to analyse dispassionately a phenomenon that has frequently been described in terms of a threat of ‘absolute cosmic significance’.
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