Counter-terrorism: the piecemeal approach
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Counter-terrorism has to do with the prevention and control of terrorism. In most countries there have been shifts in its purposes and methods and, generally, countries have dealt with isolated incidents or sustained campaigns in an independent, piecemeal fashion. They have done their best to recognize motives and to look for those thought responsible in an ad hoc attempt to tidy up after it has happened. Sometimes, as a result of painstaking police investigation or a rigorous army sweep, people are arrested, tried, imprisoned, even extradited. More often, the counter-action has been, as it were, to douse the flames but not put out the fire. Northern Ireland’s ‘troubles’ are a sad example of that. Not everything, though, has been unilateral and left to lone chance. From time to time the United States has required its security agencies, the FBI and the CIA, to work in liaison with similar groups in Canada, Central America or Europe. In Britain, MI5 and Interpol have acted in harmony. Obvious questions take up much government time. Why did it happen? Who is responsible? Might it happen again? How do we protect ourselves and prevent it?