Addressing a Complex Issue
Bibhu Prasad Routray
FIGHTING BACK: WHAT GOVERNMENTS CAN DO ABOUT TERRORISM by Paul Shemella Foundation Books, Delhi, 2014, 400 pp., 795
April 2014, volume 38, No 4

What does it take to win a war? Leadership, sol-diers, strategy, weapons or finance? What explains the inadequate accomplishments of the states, with enormous resources at their disposal, vis-à-vis terrorism? Are we confronting an enemy which simply can’t be defeated? Or philosophically speaking, are we, with an aim of defeating terrorism, merely fighting against ourselves, trying to overcome our inadequacies? Post-2001 period has seen a wave of literature on terrorism and its associated evils. And while most claim to know the reason for our failures, few seem to have a clue to solving the problem.

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