Confronting Fear: A Documentary History of Terrorism

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Confronting Fear addresses the question, "How did we get here?" The events of September 11, 2001, had their origins in both the recent history of the Middle East and in events that took place hundreds of years ago in Europe and elsewhere. The writing collected in Confronting Fear provides the broadest possible basis to probe and understand these horribly destructive acts—whose purpose and rationale is complex and sometimes even contradictory—by offering both a perceptive and comprehensive long view. It gets into the mind of the terrorist, from those who present terrorism as a tool against the status quo to those who see it as a tool to bolster the status quo to those who insist terrorism is a purely ideological act. Confronting Fear includes portraits from a global rogue's gallery of terrorism, including Robespierre, Lawrence of Arabia, Abu Nidal, Carlos the Jackal, The Red Army, Theodore Kaczynski, Aum Shinrikyo, and Osama bin Laden. There are also discussions of movements that are or have been based in Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Ireland, Algeria, the United States, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine, with writings by experts and literary figures ranging from Simon Schama, T. E. Lawrence, and Joseph Conrad to Menachem Begin and V.S. Naipaul.
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Not a history, exactly, but a useful anthology of primary documents and secondary articles on what the Russian nihilists called "Propaganda by Deed." Cronin, an American who worked in international trade and lived in Algeria during a wave of fundamentalist violence, brings no unifying thesis to this collection, save perhaps the obvious one that "terrorism is a form of warfare that has evolving causes, motivations, and objectives." Still, the documents here don't really require commentary. Among them are firsthand accounts of terror from the propagator's point of view: one, for instance, comes from the poison pen of Osama bin Laden himself, who instructs Muslims that it is their duty to kill members of the "Zionists-Crusaders alliance," particularly "the Americans and their allies-civilians and military"; while another, from the portable typewriter of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, asserts that the violent overthrow of the technological system is a necessary duty for anyone who values freedom. Other pieces are literary responses to terrorism, including the almost obligatory excerpt from Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent ("A bomb outrage to have any influence on public opinion must now go beyond the intention of vengeance or terrorism. It must be purely destructive") and a thoughtful piece of reportage by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami about the Aum Shinrikyo gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. Still others are interpretive, ranging from historian Walter Laqueur's brief history of terrorism, tracing its antecedents back to the Hebrew Zealots who from a.d. 66 to 73 assassinated Jewish priests and Roman imperial officials, along the way destroying whole archives' worth of tax records, toSaudi journalist Ahmed Rashid's eye-opening revelation that bin Laden first went to Afghanistan at the behest of the Saudi rulers "in order to show Muslims the commitment of the Royal Family to the jihad." A primer on knowing thy enemy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560253990
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,186,362
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

from A History of Terrorism 4
from The Science of Revolutionary Warfare 17
President McKinley Shot, The Trial and Execution of Leon Czolgosz 22
Propaganda by Deed - The Greenwich Observatory Bomb of 1894 33
from The Secret Agent 36
Political Terrorism
from The Wretched of the Earth: The Third World and Violence 47
from Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla 57
from On Terrorism and the State 75
from No One a Neutral: Political Hostage Taking in the Modern World 80
from Televisionaries: The Red Army Faction Story 94
from Jackal: The Complete Story of the Legendary Terrorist, Carlos the Jackal 111
from The Dirty War 133
from ETA: Profile of a Terrorist Group 154
from My People Shall Live 160
from Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire 184
from One Day In September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation Wrath of God 210
from Fugitive Days 227
Religious Terrorism
from The Introduction to Social Justice in Islam 239
from The New Terrorism 253
from The Diversity of Bio-Weapons 268
from Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World 275
The Moral Logic of Hizballah 282
from Hamas Website 294
from The Hunt for the Engineer: How Israeli Agents Tracked the Hamas Master Bomber 304
from Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam 326
from Taliban 345
from Unholy Wars 363
from The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism 378
Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places 402
A Portrait of the Terrorist from Shy Child to Singleminded Killer 406
Fringe Terorrism
The International Jew 416
from Armed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Survivalist Right 421
from Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism 438
from American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing 451
from The Unabomber's Manifesto 486
from Underground 493
Confronting Terrorism
Understanding Terrorist Behavior: The Limits and Opportunities of Psychological Inquiry 516
from Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World 537
Acknowledgments 551
Photo Credits 553
Permissions 554
Bibliography 556
Suggestions for Further Reading 558
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