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The Deadly Sin of Terrorism: Its Effect on Democracy and Civil Liberty in Six Countries
The Deadly Sin of Terrorism: Its Effect on Democracy and Civil Liberty in Six Countries
Edited by David A. Charters
Greenwood Press, 1994, 247 pp.

This book, comparing antiterrorist campaigns in six democracies (the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, and the United States), actually contains considerable good news. There were widespread fears during the 1970s and 1980s that terrorism would become endemic and undermine the civil liberties of democracies suffering it. Most, however, have instead managed to cope in ways that have not damaged their democratic credentials, such as setting up specialized antiterrorist agencies and cooperating on intelligence. The book suggests that the entire terrorist problem has been oversold by the media, both as a problem and as a threat to democracy.