Antiterrorist Initiatives by John B. Wolf

By John B. Wolf

Traditionally, terrorist bands working in rural or city parts use vio­ lence to forged themselves as a valid political strength. Necklacing, plac­ ing an oil-soaked tire round the neck of an informer after which igniting it, and knee-capping, positioning a handgun at the back of the kneecap of a "tout" (a police informer) after which squeezing the set off, are one of the enforcement tools utilized by clandestine teams to manage "revo­ lutionary justice." Necklacing is utilized by the African nationwide Con­ gress (A.N.C.). Knee-capping is a standard Irish Republican military (I. R. A.) tactic. Governments usually lend credibility to the terrorists' declare of legitimacy by way of no longer imposing measures meant to extirpate them. often, democratic societies worry that inflexible keep an eye on measures pose a hazard to civil liberties. Reluctant to maneuver, a democracy is frequently ham­ strung by way of terrorists bent on manipulating its values. A media crusade, meant to mobilize public opinion opposed to the terrorists and garner mass help for the govt and its regulate measures, is the linchpin of any antiterrorist crusade. Centralized intelligence-gathering is one other crucial part. Terrorism, while it turns into a standard crusade of bombings and different atrocities, isn't any longer an issue for simply the police and the military. the total society is affected. for instance, all teams comprising the multi ethnic popu- vii viii PREFACE tion of Sri Lanka and South Africa are almost immediately uncovered to the fear­ ist threat.

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Hoover Institution Press, 1979), pp. 36, 117. 3. Anthony Mockler, The Mercenaries (New York: Macmillan Company, 1969), pp. 13-24. 4. R. W. Apple, "Trail of Mehmet Ali Agca: 6 Years of Neofascist Ties," The New York Times, May 25, 1981, p. 1; Matthew Conroy, "Terrorism Expert Calls Times Naive on Agca," The News World, May 26, 1981, p. ), December 30, 1982, p. 2. 5. 27. 6. Christopher Dobson and Ronald Payne, Counterattack: The West's Battle against the Terrorists (New York: Facts On File, 1982), pp.

S effort to sanitize its image. Consequently, it appears that the American people are destined to view intelligence professionals as "hit men for the mob" or James-Bond-007 types rather than the "unshakably moral" George Smiley type of Le Carre's novels whom they resemble more closely. PROACTIVE ANTITERRORIST POLICY Secret operations, which are a last resort, should pursue an existing policy and be of short duration. Protracted clandestine operations involving a democratic society are prone to failure if they are sustained over time.

Dick Reavis, "The Smoldering Fire," Texas Monthly, March, 1978, pp. 80-85, 143-150. 40. Alan Riding, "Mexican Tells of Torture in Secret Prison," The New York Times, December 31, 1979, p. 2. 41.

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