Dilemmas in Defining the Threat
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In the process of formulating any kind of strategy, especially a strategy aimed at addressing a security threat such as terrorism, it is imperative that the threat be precisely defined and delineated. However, when discussing the phenomenon of terrorism, the matter of its definition is a fundamental and essential element for coping with terrorism, an element upon which we must establish a cooperative, international campaign against terrorism. It is impossible to reach a broad understanding of the nature of different terrorist organizations, outlawing them and effectively preventing their fundraising and international money laundering without defining the term terrorism. Thus, defining terrorism is aimed at helping the war on terrorism on many different levels. Michal Tzur also emphasizes the particular difficulty in coping with terrorism using standard punitive perceptions, because the counter-terrorism framework must prevent actions that constitute preliminary stages of crime and often these are not considered to be crimes in and of them, so therefore their perpetrators go unpunished.