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Revolutionaries And Functionaries: The Dual Face Of Terrorism
Revolutionaries And Functionaries: The Dual Face Of Terrorism
By Richard Falk
Dutton, 1988, 211 pp.

Professor Falk takes exception to "mainstream" definitions of terrorism and the measures often taken to counter it. The gravamen of his argument is that the terrorism of "functionaries"-of governments themselves, including the U.S. government-when they engage in violent action which harms innocent people (as in the raid on Libya in April 1986), is as culpable as that of bomb-throwing leftists or nationalist revolutionaries. He does less than justice to others who have thought and written on the subject, and his own ideas are not exactly original, but his book has something useful to say and says it forcefully.