TERRORISM by Robert Liston


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Liston's main thesis is that the IRA, Puerto Rican nationalists, Quebec separatists, Basque freedom fighters, and especially the PLO are not liberators but tyrants trying to impose unpopular policies--and that thugs and psychopaths with vague revolutionary pretentions should be dealt with as criminals and not given respectability by media coverage that emphasizes their political rhetoric. Focusing on two incidents--the machine-gunning of travelers in the Tel Aviv airport and the skyjacking to Uganda (and subsequent dramatic rescue) of an Air France plane bound from Israel, Liston is less interested in the history and philosophy of terrorism than in such matters as airport security and whether governments should negotiate. ""State terrorism""--in Turkey, Chile, and elsewhere--is condemned as well, in a round-up chapter that seems disproportionately scant in relation to lives affected. Liston's overall presentation doesn't go any deeper than a newspaper background story, though no doubt he offers a broader view than you'll get on the TV news.

Pub Date: Dec. 31st, 1978
Publisher: Nelson