Kim Cragin, Sara A. (2004). The Dynamic of Terrorism
This book explains the patterns of terrorism across the globe. The authors give an overview of terrorist attacks that have happened over the years and try to establish what could have motivated the same. The book states that selective reading of the Quran leads some Muslims to use it as a religious platform for war. Sometimes it becomes unclear what the terrorists’ target. The book explains how terrorism has caused panic and loss of property over the years. It is an act that is condemned worldwide. There cannot be just reasons to settle a score by killing innocent civilians.
Bilal Sevinc. (2008). Participation in Terrorist Organizations
Bilal in his book tries to demystify the existence of terrorists’ organizations. Groups like Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab have claimed lives of innocent people through terrorism. The book also seeks to decipher who funds the terrorist groups and for what gain. The suicide bombing of the twin towers of the United States still lingers on in the memories of many. It was an attack that shook one the world’s powerful nations. Since “9/11”, the fight waged against terrorism has taken a notch higher than before. Secret service agents and intelligence groups’ work relentlessly avoid such unforeseen attacks.
Boaz Ganor. (2011). The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle
Ganor in his book gives tips on understanding the mindset of terrorists and terrorists’ groups. He explains that terrorists do not attack without a particular reason. Ganor makes it known that terrorists are always motivated by something. One of the reasons mentioned is instilling fear. Terror groups rejoice when they see governments and citizens’ panic because of them. They do so to obtain recognition. Another reason given by Ganor is to satisfy vengeance. Some terrorists that have their members locked up in prisons or killed always seek to revenge. For one life lost they can terrorize a whole nation. Ganor further clarifies ways in which governments can counter terrorism and keep terrorists at bay.
All the three articles demonstrate a full understanding of terrorism and what motivates terror groups. However, Ganor gives a more comprehensive approach of terrorist activities and even suggests remedies to the problem. The book proposes tightening of immigration rules and beefing up security in all public places like shopping malls and stadiums. As it has been observed, terrorists usually target areas where there are large masses of people. Bilal gives the reader and understanding of the existence of the terror groups, what they gain and who funds them. The book dynamic of terrorism explains the patterns followed by terror groups in their activities.
The three articles share the view that terrorism can be managed or controlled. Governments should be on high alert and endeavor to protect their borders. The international community at large should have forums to discuss terrorism and promote peace among nations. If all countries come to an agreement of eliminating terror, then no country would harbor terrorists.
The three articles are articulate in giving relevant information on terrorism. The authors have demonstrated immeasurable understanding of the terrorism issue. Combating terrorism needs a comprehension of operations and strategies of terrorist organizations. Information on the motivation and sources of funding is paramount to understanding the cause of the problem.
The three books are coherent relative to the subject matter. Through the articles, one can understand the operations and mindset of terrorism organizations. The authors have made it clear to readers on the possible factors that motivate terrorists.
As a homeland security officer, I would find ‘The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle’ by Boaz Ganor more useful. Ganor explains the mindset and motivational factors that inspire terror acts. The book gives a detailed perspective of previous attacks and the possible reasons why they occurred. Ganor also offers solutions to deal with terrorism which comes in handy to prevent the vice.
- Ganor, B., Interdisciplinary Center (Hertseliyah, Israel), & International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (Israel). (2005). The counter-terrorism puzzle: A guide for decision makers. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
- Cragin, R. K., & Daly, S. A. (2004). The Dynamic Terrorist Threat: An Assessment of Group Motivations and Capabilities in a Changing World. Santa Monica: RAND Corp.