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By Seth G. Jones

All terrorist teams ultimately finish. yet how? latest teams have ended simply because they joined the political method or neighborhood police and intelligence enterprises arrested or killed key individuals. This has major implications for facing al Qa1ida and indicates essentially rethinking post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism process: Policing and intelligence, now not army strength, may still shape the spine of U.S. efforts opposed to al Qa1ida.

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And French policy toward Libya. S. war in Afghanistan in 2001 but then returned to nonviolence. In all of these cases, group members dropped the use of terrorist tactics and switched to nonviolent civic action. Anecdotal evidence from historical cases supports this argument. : Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1990, pp. 86–102. S. , 1996. S. Security,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 29, No. 7, October 2006, pp. 719–751. 54 Crenshaw (1996, p. 266). How Terrorist Groups End 27 Policing For terrorist groups that cannot or will not abandon terrorism, policing is likely to be the most effective strategy to destroy terrorist groups.

81 Kydd and Walter (2002, p. 264). 82 Abrahms (2006, p. 59).

At the same time, we should also expect that a state’s willingness to bargain with a terrorist group declines as the group’s goals become broader. The reason is simple: The government has more to lose. Agreeing to change policy is easier than agreeing to overturn an entire social order. The Turner Diaries, a bedrock text for right-wing groups in the United States, called for social revolution. It began, “September 16, 1991. Today it finally began! After all these years of talking—and nothing but talking—we have finally taken our first action.

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