Rationality and the Nature of Terrorism


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Rationality and the Nature of Terrorism
In order to anticipate and deter terrorist attacks, counter-terrorism measures typically assume the rationality of terrorist actors. From the perspective of non-terrorist society, however, acts of terrorism may seem inherently irrational: senseless violence, suicide, and the deaths of innocent victims are all abhorred by society at large. Terrorist organizations, and even individual terrorists, often they believe they are acting in a rational manner in the context of their beliefs and agendas. They may apply cost benefit strategies and calculate attacks based on what the terrorist group views as a target most likely to advance its purpose (See Ganor, 2005). Yet the motives behind groups such as...
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