The World: The Tightening Links of Terrorism

Who they are and what they want

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter," goes the old political maxim, which is one reason why terrorists are so hard to identify. Nonetheless, an expert in the subject, New York City Police Department Terrorism Specialist Captain Frank Bolz, estimates that there are 140 clearly defined terrorist organizations active in the world today. Some, like West Germany's Red Army Faction or Italy's Red Brigades, nihilistically seek to destroy the societies that shelter them, and give little coherent thought to ultimate goals. Others, like the Sandinista...

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