- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Yale University Press; Edición: New Ed (1 de septiembre de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0300101538
- ISBN-13: 978-0300101539
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Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 sep 2003
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"could not be more timely... an outstanding study that dares to think the unthinkable and to move beyond the conventional wisdom that has thus far failed Western societies in their battle against terrorism." Efraim Karsh, The Sunday Telegraph "highly readable overview of some of the moral and practical questions relating to America's 'War on Terror'" Dan Lerner, Financial Times "Perhaps America's most brilliant public intellectual, Alan Dershowitz attacks the central challenge of our times - terrorism - with ruthless honesty and striking originality, delivered in a narrative so compelling that the pages seem to turn themselves." Richard North Patterson, author of Protect and Defend "Critical reading for anyone interested in the legacy terrorism has left us, how our previous weak responses have encouraged more of it, and how we can end it." William J. Bennett, author of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism "Dershowitz has a great deal to say - and to teach us - about the balance we are now struggling to achieve between domestic security and civil liberty." Barry Gewen, New York Times Book Review
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The greatest danger facing the world today, says Alan M. Dershowitz, comes from religiously inspired, state sponsored terrorist groups that seek to develop weapons of mass destruction for use against civilian targets. In his newest book, Dershowitz argues passionately and persuasively that global terrorism is a phenomenon largely of our own making and that we must and can take steps to reduce the frequency and severity of terrorist acts. Analyzing recent acts of terrorism and our reaction to them, Dershowitz explains that terrorism is successful when the international community gives in to the demands of terrorists-or even tries to understand and eliminate the "root causes" of terrorism. He discusses extreme approaches to wiping out international terrorism that would work if we were not constrained by legal, moral, and humanitarian considerations. And then, given that we do operate under such constraints, he offers a series of proposals that would effectively reduce the frequency and severity of international terrorism by striking a balance between security and liberty.Ver Descripción del producto
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Some reviewers claim Dershowitz is biased; i.e.--that he focuses too much on Palestinian terrorists. I disagree. His 21 pages enumerating Palestinian terrorist attacks convince me that Dershowitz focuses his attention right where it needs to be. He does not neglect Al Quaeda. He gives them the attention they deserve. And he gives the Palestinian terrorists the attention they deserve.
Dershowitz proposes that there be a world-wide debate about what defensive techniques should be allowed against terrorists. He includes a most thoughtful discussion about whether or not a country is justified in torturing a terrorist if the country feels that a massive terrorist attack is eminent. He argues that history proves that all countries will use torture in such a situation, but it will be sub-rosa torture in the countries where it is outlawed. He argues for a formalized system where the Federal court system gives the okay in extreme situations, so that the protections the judicial branch afford to us are afforded in these extreme situations too. He argues that judges are far less likely to approve such extreme tactics as are heads of intelligence agencies.
Detractors of his argument claim Dershowitz is proposing a reversion from civilized morality back to a darker era. He asserts, however, that he is not proposing anything new or reversionary. Rather, he is protesting the fact that torture occurs sub-rosa instead of being subject to judicial review. Disagree if you will, but it is wrong to mischaracterize what Dershowitz proposes. It is, after all, the same kind of argument as the "condoms for kids" issue. One side argues that premarital sex is happening anyway, so we should provide condoms to help prevent pregnancy and disease. The other side argues that the condoms themselves promote ever more promiscuity. There is truth on both sides of the argument. Dershowitz is fully cognizant of both sided of the issue. I wonder if some of the reviewers here are.
Dershowitz' argument for NICs (national identity cards) is the single area where I think he may have missed a critical point. Undoubtedly, NICs would help us control who gets into and stays in the United States. They also would stop lots of identity theft, fraud, and abuse. No arguments there. No arguments with his rationales either. But, just like the Social Security number, soon businesses would require the NIC as proof of person. Can you imagine the economic damage that could be done to a person if his/her NIC came up "invalid?" You could buy nothing without cash, and you couldn't get the cash without a valid NIC. Hmmm! That gives the government power to economically sanction individuals that voice opposition to their policies. The invalidation of your NIC would, of course just be an "unfortunate mistake" should you be successful in drawing the media's attention to it. Dershowitz says nothing about this possibility, which surprised me, because no fundamentalist Christian would ever miss this "mark of the beast" issue.
Notwithstanding the one omission just mentioned, I heartily recommend this book. The author makes you think, and leaves you enlightened and assured that we can manage terrorism and still preserve our liberties if we approach the problem with non-partisan rationality.
Hamas claimed responsibility and celebrated the attack.
Shaina Dorfman whose grandfather was a rabbi and was burned by the Nazis in Russia, lost her only daughter in an attack on a night club in Tel Aviv but believes in the Jewish saying, Yiyhe Beseder "Everything will turn out alright'
Or the shooting of Jewish children in their homes.
A ten-month-old Jewish baby, Shalhevet Pass, was shot in her father's arms by an Arab sniper in 2001.
The following year, a five-year-old girl, Danielle Shefi, was shot to death at point blank range by an Arab killer, while cowering under her parents' bed.
That same year, two boys, four- and five-years old, Matan and Noam Ohayon where shot dead together with their mother as she read them a bedtime story, in a kibbutz, by Arab terrorists.
Dershowitz rightly points out that many peoples have been far more oppressed than the Palestinians but have not resorted to terror against civilians. Look at the Tibetans , people of Darfur, and religious minorities in Muslim countries.
Dershowitz rightly points a finger of accusation at Europe for appeasing Arab PLO terror from 1968 to 2000. Barack Obama it might be added by myself has adopted this same strategy of appeasing and implicitly supporting Muslim terror since 2009. seven years after this book was written (though I don't know if Dershowitz agrees).This is what emboldened terrorists of Al Qaeda to carry out attacks against Western targets such as the 9/11 attacks, the Bali bombings, the 2004 Madrid bombings and the 2005 London tube bombings. Of all the terrorists jailed for terror attacks between 1968 and 1975 , all but three had been released by 1975.
Not many people are aware that after the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972 by Palestinian terrorists of the Black September group, Germany released the terrorists it held in custody that had taken part in the attack, the attack was certainly coordinated by the Arab terrorists, together with the East German government.
also, not well know is that less than two months after the Munich murders West German Chancellor Willy Brandt made deal with the Palestinian terrorists. Together they planned a staged hijacking of a Lufthansa flight from from Beirut, in order to have an excuse to free the three Palestinian Munich murderers in German custody.
In 1979 the United Nations General Assembly actually went as far as encouraging Palestinian terrorism directed against Israeli and Jewish targets, by passing an amendment which actually was worded to permit the taking of Israeli or Jewish hostages by Palestinian terrorists. Ruling that the UN's rule against hostage taking would not apply to people 'fighting colonial occupation and alien occupation and against racist regimes.
Dershowitz also points out the very important difference between legitimate freedom fighters such as the American fighters for Independence in the American Revolutionary War of the 1770s and the resistance fighters against Nazi occupation on the one hand and today's Muslim terrorists pointing out the unlike the former , TODAY'S TERRORISTS DELIBERATELY TARGET CHILDREN.
As he points out 'One reason why the double standard concerning Palestinian terrorism is that many world leaders refuse to acknowledge the cynical Palestinian manipulation of the arithmetic of pain. Instead they claim to see a moral equivalence between those who deliberately target innocent civilians and those who respond to such provocations and inadvertently kill innocent-along with not so innocent civilians...virtually all of the dead Israelis were completely innocent noncombatants, such as the teenagers blown up at a disco or the women murdered at a pizza restaurant or the guests bat mitzvah or Passover celebrations".
George Habash argues as early as the 70s that all Israelis and Jews were legitimate targets.
Dershowitz deals with the double standard of those who justify mass murder of Israelis and yet then whinge about collective punishment of Palestinians in response.
In his chapters where he supports the use of limited torture of terrorists, in order to save thousands of lives, I would go further and support any and all methods of torture against Islamic terrorists because once these terrorists decided to target innocent civilians , I believe they lost their human rights.
Why is it that those who have no problem with the horrific treatment of young people in Turkey and southeast Asia merely for transporting drugs, then caterwaul over rough treatment of terrorist involved in the planning of murder at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere?
the author's last chapter poses the question : ' Are we Overreacting?' Dershowitz pointed out the same may have been said about Hitler and Nazi Germany in the 1930's before Hitler made good on his promises to annihilate millions of Jews, Gypsies and other innocents.
He rightly points out that 'Indeed there are haunting and frightening similarities between what hitler said he would do to the Jews and what many Islamic leaders say they now intend to do to the Jews, Americans and heathens'.
At any rate ask the Christians in Lebanon, the Copts in Egypt , the Buddhists in Thailand and Burma , the Hindus in India, the Christians in Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan, the people of Israel and the people of Iraq if anyone is overreacting to Islamic terror?