Getting Tough on Terrorism

Washington weighs pre-emptive acts as well as reprisals

The latest buzzword in security circles is "pro-active," a bit of jargon coined from a term with the opposite meaning, "reactive." It is used to describe a major change in Washington's approach to the scourge of terrorism directed at U.S. targets. Rather than react after an attack, the U.S. plans to adopt a much more aggressive policy that would establish in advance the likelihood of reprisals and would even permit pre-emptive strikes against suspected terrorists. Said Secretary of State George Shultz at the White House last...

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