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Mutually Assured Destruction by Terrorism The year is 1999 The Cold War has been over for more than a decade and for the first time in a half-century the world is free from the spectre of nuclear apocalypse It should be a time of peace and prosperity but all over the globe the embers of old animosities have been fanned to flame Clancy 1 Now the world must face a new fear Not one of Armageddon or mutually assured destruction but one of terror Sane politicians no longer hold the key to the destruction of the world We must now be wary of crazed lunatics with guns bombs and religious fallacies filling their heads They hold the key and are very willing to use it Increasing terrorist activity the flourishing terrorist industry the growth of the nuclear black market and nuclear testing by rogue states have become the most prominent threat to our national security in the post-cold war global community Our military faces many problems such as the inefficient use of funds inadequate training of forces and restricted international authority which limit our ability to eliminate these threats effectively Between 1894 and 1901 five world leaders were killed by terrorists including the US president William McKinley Terrorism had become the top priority to politicians police chiefs and writers In the past century it should have become a top priority to every law-abiding citizen on the face of the earth Laqueur 1 Defense Secretary William Cohen warns New threats and dangers harder to define and more difficult to track have gathered on the horizon Knight 32 Over the last fifty years we have seen aggressive terrorist-like movements grow at a very frightening rate These groups include religious fundamentalists fascists and apocalyptic millenarians Hamas Hezbollah Al Queda Aum Shinrikyo the Branch Davidians and the Baader-Meinhof gang are examples of highly malicious terrorist groups They have attacked hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians
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