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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The violent evolution of modern terrorism

The FORWARD has a great review, by Alexander H. Joffe, of three new books on terrorism:
"Recent NBC/Wall Street Journal and Gallup polls indicate that American concern about terrorism has dropped to pre-9/11 levels. What will it take for the American public to again take terrorism seriously? Three books offer dramatically different approaches to the same problem, founded respectively on reason, faith and emotion."

No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century
By Walter Laqueur
Continuum, 288 pages

Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power In a Violent World
By Jean Bethke Elshtain
Basic Books, 240 pages

Terror and Liberalism
By Paul Berman
W.W. Norton & Company, 214 pages