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Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network is only one of hundreds of terrorist organizations around the world. Others wait for their own cues to follow similar scripts for using modern technologies to terrorize vulnerable populations. In A Faceless Enemy, Glenn Schweitzer provides a sweeping history of the technologies that are at the heart of this new and deadly terrorism and gives us a fuller understanding of the relationships between terrorists and drug traffickers, the potential threat of cyberterrorism, and the now very tangible risks posed by bioterrorism and chemoterrorism. Based on the authors' long careers in science and international politics, and drawing upon interviews with diplomats and intelligence operatives around the globe, A Faceless Enemy is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the complex issues related to terrorism and the future of international security.
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Studio: Basic Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 5.96" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.07 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2002
Publisher Basic Books
ISBN 0738207578 ISBN13 9780738207575
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More About Glenn E. Schweitzer & Carole Dorsch Schweitzer
Glenn E. Schweitzer is Director of Central European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Academy of Sciences. Carole Dorsch Schweitzer is executive editor of Association Management magazine and the author of Russian Lessons.
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Sidetalk Feb 25, 2003
No one can deny that Mr. Schweitzer has shed light on some topics which ceartanly deserve close attention. Whether it is the poisoing of water and food supplies or the stealing of Uranium from the former Soviet Unions weakly protected facilities.Terrorism today means killing on a large scale.
However, the topic of Terrorsim has existed since Mankind and is not alien to any country, especially the United States. Mr. Schweitzer, working in the service of the USA, has as the most proposed Ideas which lay in the interest of the American people and promote Goverment based projects, and is therefore lacking in critizicsm of the USA,altough admitting that any country which uses Weapons of Mass destruction must not be hesitated to be labeled as a Terrorist state. This labeling can then ofcourse not exclude the USA, the only Nation ever to use Atomic weapons against another, to win a war whose victory was already in their hands.
Ofcourse there is Fanatic terror, ideological terror, and simply material benefit terror. However, two categories must not be excluded and these are Democratic and Mediae Terror. The United States is expert in both. Having no regretts in pursuing their Goals they support Regimes, who later turn into cruel and backward dictatorships,with Financial and Material support, only to later replace them, under the false banner of Democracy, with a so called Democratic Leadership. The best example is ofcourse Iraq, which is now part of the "axis of Evil", and under target by the United States. Who can forget the picture of a smiling Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein? The support of Saddam by the United States with Poison gas, radar images, and money is to easily forgotten. With support of the United States Saddam Hussein managed to stage a successfull coup in 1979 and in turn started the war with neighbour Iran, which was developing in a dangerous opponent, not to be underestimated. This Terrible War cost a million people their Lives and yet today America can proudly proclaim that it is their duty to promoted freedom and justice. It is astonishing yet the same paradox policy existed in Afghanistan. The United States showed showed no regretts in supporing Osama Bin Laden, then a nobody, and his Mujahedden with three Billion Dollars, to help drive out the Soviet Union Soldiers. Similar with the Taliban, perhaps the most Mediae targeted regime ever, who have been labeled as the "embodiment of the backwardness of Islam". It only takes a little knowledge and common sense to realize that rather then Islam, the real reason behind their existence was controll and power. Having been trained in so called "Kuranic Schools" and supported by the Pakistani secret service, under the rule of Nuaz Shareef,( who can rightly claim that the Pakistani secret service did not work closely with the CIA?)they soon went to controll Most of Afghanistan.However, the most surprising support came from the United States which alone in years 2000 to 2001 paid 200 Million dollar to them. The simple question arises, why? The answer is just as simple. Iran was supportive of the Hazrat Shiia Minority in Afghanistan, whose center was in Mazar Shareef. Fearing that they would created a Shia State, which in turn would controll Afghanistans resourses. It is not surprising then when we conisder the Massacer in 1996, by which more then 6000 Shiias were killed in the most barbaric way by the Taliban? Or is it surprising to know that because of the brutal killing of Iranian Diplomats Iran was was on the verge of War? The most brutal and intoxicating way to controll a people( or to promote the "good and evil" cause of a so called super power) is through religion or unquestionabel ideologies like communism. The Taliban testiy to that fact.
In this world is saddly the strong who rule, and democracy is something that is forced on with a gun. To give a fair and logical Picture of Modern Terrorism, the obsever has to analyze the motives and ambition of the Ruling Elite. It is through this that we gain a clear and unbiased picture of what polictics is really about, and that even the current Islamo-phobia trend is nothing buy a way for a ceartain fraction of society to convince and gain voices. As Ralph Waldo Emmerson said: Fear is the greatest Motivator.Any other discussion is pure side talk and is just resbosible for creating public panic. We cant avoid Terror, but we should examine its roots rather then its possibilty.
An increasingly relevant warning of the dangers to come Sep 7, 2002
A Faceless Enemy first appeared in 1998, predicting high-impact terrorist attacks on America in the near future and even pinpointing the potentials of anthrax as a mail device. In the wake of September 11th its message is even more frightening as author Glenn E. Schweitzer's considers other possible scenarios of modern terrorism and the potential big-money interests which could finance them overseas. A new prologue for this edition of A Faceless Enemy adds impact and power to an increasingly relevant warning of the dangers to come.
Not as informative as I"d Hoped Aug 25, 2002
While the book is prophehtic and contains some little known facts much of the informtion in this book is common knowledge to the well informed. It often seemed to me to be a recitation of facts collected elsewhere and while the authors warnings and recommendations are extraordinary considering when the book was written. It comes off flat and uninteresting.
For those less informed on the subject it's highly recommened for those looking for even deeper information I don't recommend it.
Additionally the book does little to actually discuss the origins of terrorism as the title indicates. It is more about the possabilities today and the cross breeding of narco-crime and terrorism.
An Important and Prophetic Book Jul 15, 2002
This book was written in 1998, with a new preface written after September 11. The author's urgency about the threat of "superterrorism" on American soil was based on his extensive worldwide experience with a variety of international organizations. His comments on everything from profiling of airline passengers to the dangers of attacks of anthrax and weapons of mass destruction now seem eerily prophetic. At the same time, it is amazing in retrospect that al-Qaeda is not mentioned once in the entire volume, nor is Osama bin Laden -- a clear indication of how little attention we were paying to some very ominous developments in the 1990s. In this regard, the author's government experience and perspective is very instructive, and less reassuring. His sense of confidence about our intelligence and law enforcement capabilities seems based largely on how much money we spend and how many international forums we participate in, rather than on the difficult and dirty business of in-country military and intelligence action. Frequent references to the author's own extensive and fascinating experiences, particulary in the former Soviet Union, make an otherwise 'academic' study very readable. This important book -- perhaps inadvertantly -- is an excellent guide to both the strengths and the weaknesses of official governmental and international efforts to track and prosecute terrorism.