Walter Laqueur is one of the shrewdest and the most perceptive historians of terrorism today. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and research, he now turns his attention to modern terrorism and prophesies how it will develop in the century to come. While the destruction of the World Trade Center and the strike against the Pentagon shocked the world at large, experts on terrorism like Walter Laqueur couldn't feign complete surprise. In No End to War, Laqueur, who has devoted three decades to the study of political violence, answers the most-often raised questions about terrorism in the light of 9/11 and the still unsolved Anthrax letters. First, what constitutes terrorism? What is new about the 'new' terrorism? Why is the Muslim world the most potent breeding ground of this new terrorism? To what extent is religion itself a factor? Is there a clash of civilizations between the Muslim world and the largely Christian or post-Christian West? Is America at fault? Israel? Did European nations turn a blind eye to terrorists and their sympathizers in their midst? To what extent are poverty and oppression the causes of terrorism?
What is the likelihood that terrorists will obtain weapons of mass destruction -chemical, biological, or nuclear? Why was the United States unprepared for 9/11? Why the intelligence failure? Are Islamic terrorists the only terrorists we need to fear? What about other terrorists from the right of the left, eco-terrorists or anti-globalization terrorists? And finally, what is the best defence against terrorism?
Walter Laqueur holds the Kissinger Chair for International Security Studies at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The author of a score of books, including Terrorism (1977) and The Age of Terrorism (1987), he has taught in many universities around the world, including Brandeis, Chicago, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Tel Aviv.
Roots of Terrorism?; Origins of Islamic Terorism; Jihad; Suicide; Israel and the Palestinians; Intelligence Failure; The Far Right; Anti-Americanism; Battlefields of the Future 1: India and Central Asia; Battlefields of the Future 2: The International Brigade; Conclusion: War Against the West