It was in the late 80s and early 90s that acts of terror started drawing global attention. Incidents like bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, the Aum Shinrikyo attack of the Tokyo subway in 1995, bombing the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam in 1998 brought forth the worldwide dimensions of postmodern terrorism. Emergence of the Al-Qaeda, the Hizbul Muja-hiddeen, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hammas marked the beginning of global terrorism. These terrorist organizations are equipped with WMD, hi-tech systems, skilled activists, committed militias and international financial networking. The possession of nuclear weapons by these organizations cannot be denied firmly. Moreover they have deep roots in society, in ethnic communities and are backed by religious fervour, which they use to acquire finances and moral support from the diaspora. Their close proximity with some states too cannot be ruled out. Terrorist organizations like the Al-Qaeda have their own capability to generate financial resources through real estate business, manufacturing units of sweets, honey, leather, bakery etc., agro industries and export business.
July 2006, volume 30, No 7