This article sets the tone for the entire book. It introduces terrorism as a political term: It is an act intended to influence politics. As such, it is a calculated and premeditated initiative, which is carried out with purposive motivations. Consequently, terrorism is not a spontaneous caprice or a whimsical impulse but a rational deed, which has a goal, chosen means and a fit between them. Counterterrorism, therefore, must severe this crucial link between goals and means and render terrorism less attractive to its prospective perpetrators.
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