Fire of Iolus: The role of state countermeasures in causing terrorism and what needs to be done.

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Terrorist groups can endure military strikes, ‘targeted assassinations’ and other harsh measures not because the people and resources lost are not important, but because the violence works to increase the motivation of more members than it decreases, and works to attract more support and sympathy to the group than it frightens away. Ultimately, the use of aggressive measures to combat terrorism can be both justifiable and legal. Frequently, they also successfully fulfil a number of important (though usually short-term) objectives. However, if past experience is anything to go by, defeating or diminishing the threat of terrorism in the long-term is not something that such measures are proficient at doing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTerrorism Studies
Subtitle of host publicationA Reader
EditorsJohn Horgan, Kurt Braddock
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780415455053, 9780415455046
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • counterterrorism
  • impact of counterterrorism
  • psychology of counterterrorism
  • targeted assassination
  • targeted killing

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