For the Democracies, A Moral Right, Indeed Duty, to Defend Themselves

A "Moral Right, Indeed Duty, to Defend Themselves"

The Washington conference that led to the book Terrorism: How the West Can Win attracted an international galaxy of Cabinet ministers, legislators, military officers and scholars. Some highlights of what they said:

"A purely passive defense does not provide enough of a deterrent to terrorism and the states that sponsor it. It is time to think long, hard and seriously about more active means of defense--defense through preventive or pre-emptive actions against terrorist groups before they strike.

"We will need to strengthen our capabilities in the areas of intelligence and quick reaction. Intelligence will be particularly important, since our societies demand...

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