Are Terrorists Rational?


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Are Terrorists Rational?
The past decade has seen an overall increase in worldwide terrorism, resulting in thousands of innocent deaths every year. In 2008, alone, more than fifteen thousand non-combatant deaths were attributed to terrorist acts (U.S. State Dept., annex, 8). This disturbing trend has necessarily led to increased efforts toward security from, as well as prevention and deterrence of, terrorism. Yet, in order to craft a strategy against terrorism, one must be able to consider it from a rational perspective. Whether terrorists and their acts can actually be considered such a perspective, however, is the subject of much scholarly debate.
Because terrorist groups tend to have some semblance of organization, it is easier to view...
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