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UNDERSTANDING THE ENEMY 'ERRORISTS CONTAINING THE THREAT Louise Richardson 4 RANDOM HOUSE I NEW YORK
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Copyright © 2006 by Louise Richardson To Ciara, Fiona, and Rory All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Random House, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. RANDOM HOUSE and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material: Nasra Hassan: Excerpt from"An Arsenal of Believers" by Nasra Hassan. Originally published in The New Yorker, November 19, 2001. Reprinted by permission of the author. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC: Excerpt from "The Terrorists in Their Own Words: Interviews with 35 Incarcerated Middle Eastern Terrorists" from Terrorism and Political Violence, 15(1). Copyright 2003. Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, http://www.taylorandfrancis.com. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Richardson, Louise. What terrorists want: understanding the enemy, containing the threat I Louise Richardson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-4000-6481-3 1. Terrorism. 2. Terrorists. 3. War on Terrorism, 2001-4. 4. September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001-Inlluence. I. Title. HV6431.R532006 363.325-dc22 2006043884 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper www.atrandom.com 468975 Book tksign by Casey Hampkm
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WHAT TERRORISTS WANT 20 Terrorists are substate act.ors wh.o vi.olently target n.onc.ombatants t.o c.ommunicate a p.olitical message t.o a third party. Terr.orists are neither crazy n.or am.oral. They c.ome fr.om all parts .of the w.orld. They c.ome fr.om many walks .of life. They fight f.or a range .of different causes. S.ome have supp.ort fr.om the c.ommunities fr.om which they c.ome; s.ome d.o n.ot. They range in size fr.om a handful .of C.orsican nati.onalists t.o th.ousands .of armed Tamils. S.ome are fighting f.or the same g.oals that have m.otivated wars f.or centuries, such as c.ontr.ol .over nati.onal terri- t.ory. S.ome are trying t.o .overthr.ow the state system itself. They c.ome fr.om all religi.ous traditi.ons and fr.om n.one. One thing they d.o have in c.omm.on: they are weaker than th.ose they .opp.ose. E a ~,., - ,- . TWO WHERE HAVE TERRORISTS COME FROM? .1 as chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, hereby once more declare that 1 condemn terrorism in all its forms, and at the same time salute those sitting before me in this hall who, in the days when they fought to free their countries from the yoke ofcolonialism, were accused of terrorism by their oppressors, and who today are the faithful leaders of their peoples, stalwart champions of;ustice and freedom.l -Yasser Arafat, United Nations General Assembly, December 1988 THREE TERRORISTS HID 548 POUNDS OF EXPLOSIVES thirty-six-gall.on beer cask, c.overed it with tarpaulin, and Y.""''''''' it in a wheelbarr.ow. 2 They had earlier b.ought the expl.osives quantities t.o av.oid suspici.on. They wheeled the barr.ow t.o the walls and rested it there. F.oll.owing a prearranged plan, they a white ball .over the pris.on wall as a signal t.o the pris.oners ex-
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