TERRORISTS: War Without Boundaries

West Germany takes the offensive against skyjackers and kidnapers

The war has been raging for more than a decade on a global battlefield. And it threatens to grow more intense. The tactics of combat include assassinations, kidnapings, skyjackings and bombings, as small cells of urban terrorists attack the institutions of the world's industrial democracies. The principal victims are not soldiers but civilians: public officials and businessmen, as well as schoolrooms of children, planeloads of tourists and trains packed with commuters.

Last week, however, terrorism suffered a dramatic setback. The West German government refused to...

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