Has terrorism lost the power to shock and appal? Have liberal democracies learned to tolerate terrorism? Using case studies of governments’ and societies’ responses to terrorism, this book, first published in 1991, shows how attitudes towards terrorism have developed. Five western countries with differing political structures and histories are studied: Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, Israel, Italy and Spain. The analysis investigates the roles of social, political, legal, professional and religious institutions and movements in formulating the approved attitude towards terrorism that governs political bodies as well as society at large. This book will be of interest to students of politics and sociology.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. From the vindication of honour to blackmail: the impact of the changing role of ETA on society and politics in the Basque region of Spain 2. The terrorist Lonny in West Germany: campaigns and propaganda in support of terrorism 3. Tolerating terrorism in Israel 4. The CCC phenomenon in Belgium: unbacked terrorism 5. Terrorism supporters in the west: the Italian case 6. Do western societies tolerate terrorism?; Index