The War against Terrorism - an Alternative Aproach


Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States of America has been waging the so called "war against terrorism". There are, however, number of pitfalls associated with such an approach. In place of a vaguely defined and elusive broad concept represented by the "war against terrorism", the United States should adopt a clear and narrowly formulated strategy. The Bush administration should be realistic about its ability to eliminate terrorists all around the world. It should concentrate its wartime efforts on those areas only that are vital for terrorists´ ability to plan and operate; target those global terrorist organizations that pose the most immense and serious threat to the United States; and neutralize those political motives and underlying conditions that spawn terrorist attacks in areas most at risk. This article points to this direction. It articulates an alternative policy toward terrorism and provides guidelines for its implementation. The rationale of the proposed approach is evident after examining seven objectives of this policy. The costs, benefits and risks associated with these objectives are set forth, and the defining question is posed for the Bush administration: What is the end state of the "war against terrorism"?

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