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The globalization of terror : the challenge of Al-Qaida and the response of the international community /

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Other Authors: Shay, Shaul., Interdisciplinary Center (Hertseliyah, Israel), International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (Hertseliyah, Israel)
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Transaction Publishers, 2003
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The terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was the climax of a course plotted by Osama Bin Laden to bring about his apocalyptic vision of a decisive clash between the Western and Moslem worlds. This timely volume details the organizational workings and belief system of Bin Laden's brutal campaign. The authors explore the background and objectives of the attacks, the elaborate planning that went into them, and the process of their practical execution.

In addition to its factual account, The Globalization of Terror makes a significant contribution to scholarly and theoretical research dealing with international terror. The book offers a unique analysis of the Afghan "alumni," who had previously fought the Soviets in the 1980s, within the overall tapestry related to modern international terror. The authors detail how their activities evolved from a movement of national self-defense to the militant worldview identified with radical Islam. The book reveals, as well, the organizational structure so carefully erected by Bin Laden and his associates, in order to realize the vision of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate in practical terms. The book is intended to work as a set of guidelines for newcomers to the world of international terrorism including anti-terror task forces, heads of security companies as well as professionals in the field.

The importance of The Globalization of Terror lies in its clear presentation and precise analysis regarding the dimensions of the danger international terror poses to the free world, and in its recommendations for the necessary strategy to prevent the recurrence of acts of large-scale terror.


Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Authors' Notep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
1.Islamic Fundamentalism and Bin-Ladenp. 9
Islamic Fundamentalism--The Backgroundp. 9
Bin-Laden and Islamic Fundamentalismp. 21
Bin-Laden and the Formulation of a Worldview and Ideology of Afghan "Alumni"p. 25
Bin-Laden and the Jewish-Israeli Issuep. 32
Bin-Laden's Islamic Terror as an Expression of the Confrontation Between Culturesp. 42
2.The Terror of Afghan "Alumni" in the International Arenap. 55
Introductionp. 55
Al-Qaidap. 59
Egyptp. 60
Jordanp. 67
Algeriap. 71
India and Pakistanp. 76
Uzbekistanp. 86
Southeast Asiap. 88
The Xinjiang Province in Western Chinap. 96
Chechnyap. 98
The Balkan Regionp. 108
Yemenp. 112
The Tri-Border: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguayp. 122
3.Terror Attacks of Al-Qaida and the Islamic Frontp. 129
Bin-Laden's "Principles"p. 129
Al-Qaida's Attacksp. 131
The Assault of September 11, 2001--"The Great Provocation"p. 136
The Terror Attack in the United States and the Phenomenon of Suicide Terrorp. 153
Suicide Terror Characteristicsp. 159
The Attacks of Terror Networks and Cells Affiliated with Bin-Laden's "Islamic Front"p. 164
Terror Cells Affiliated with Al-Qaida in Europep. 178
Terror Cells Affiliated with Al-Qaida in Southeast Asia--Arrestsp. 190
The Terror Cell Affiliated with Al-Qaida in Moroccop. 196
4.The Campaign against Terror and Its Threatsp. 201
The Stages of the Campaign against Global Islamic Terrorp. 201
Future Terror Threats in the International Arenap. 211
Cyber Terrorismp. 217
Epiloguep. 221
Indexp. 225

Review by Choice Review

Schweitzer and Shay offer the familiar refrains of Western Cold War analysis of terrorism now applied to the post-Cold War and post-9/11 world. Like its communist-orchestrated predecessor, Islamic terrorism is portrayed as the evil "other": a system of coordinated networks, utilizing indiscriminate attacks, media manipulation, and cutting-edge technological innovation to commit dastardly crimes against the "good" civilized societies," all under the false pretense of social justice. Much of what is presented about radical Islam and the jingoists in charge (Osama bin Laden gets their nod) of this source of retail terrorism is credible. But ostensibly this is a work on "the globalization of terror." Since global terrorism is multisourced, focusing solely on radical Islam makes this analysis incomplete at best. At worst it is politically loaded in its assumptions, language, and focus, and simplistic in its presentation of problems and solutions. For the "true believers" (jingoists) of the West, particularly in the US, Britain, and Israel, this is confirming and comfortable "scholarship." For increasing numbers of people in the West searching for answers to the complexities of modern global terrorism, in particular how to cope with the uncomfortable reality of their own nation's culpability in "wholesale" state terrorism, this account is of little value. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Lower-division undergraduates. B. Grosscup California State University, Chico

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Shaul Shay is a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel and heads the Israel Defense Forces' Department of History.

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