In This Review

Hydra of Carnage: International Linkages of Terrorism: The Witnesses Speak
Hydra of Carnage: International Linkages of Terrorism: The Witnesses Speak
Edited by Uri Ra'anan and others
Lexington Books, 1986, 638 pp
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Terrorism: How the West Can Win
Terrorism: How the West Can Win
Edited by Benjamin Netanyahu
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1986, 254 pp
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The two volumes share a hard-line perspective in stressing both the international dimensions of terrorism, with the U.S.S.R. as a directing force, and the need for gloves-off counteraction. The first book performs a great service by its inclusion of documents and statements by many witnesses, including defectors from communist countries, with revelations about terrorist secret operations from their own experience. The authors of the book edited by Netanyahu, who is Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, include high officials of the U.S. and Israel, plus a bevy of scholars, journalists and prominent personalities from various Western countries. The book is long on indignation, dedication and the need for action-and rightly so-but short on analysis of the causes of terrorism, of the problems of getting a united Western or worldwide approach, and of the political and other consequences of some of the proposed countermeasures.