World: What Can Be Done About Terrorism?

How nations can prevent terrorism, a question raised anew by the kidnaping of Aldo Moro, has become an even more urgent matter for Western industrial democracies. Dictatorships of either left or right have police-state forces to control terrorists—and no qualms about brutally using that power. But democracies must walk a thin line between maintaining security and preserving civil rights, both for terrorists and for innocent citizens who would be affected by antiterrorist clampdowns. In an increasingly technological age, warns Washington Psychologist Frank Ochberg, "we are getting more vulnerable every year."

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