||Issue No. 215||02 April 2004|
Interview: Terror Australis
Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Industrial: The Hell of Troy
Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
History: Vicious Old Lady
International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Review: War Unfogged
The Locker Room
Getting Away With Murder
Letters to the Editor
The terrorism we are witnessing is more a criminal, than a military matter. Whether it was Yasser Arafat's PLO dumping a wheel chair bound passenger overboard from the Achille Lauro into the Mediterranean ocean, or the unimaginable, unthinkable horror of September 11th.
The answer to terrorism has to be, wide spread co-operation across the world between Governments and their law enforcement, intelligence and military bodies.
Firstly, a tightening of travel document control so as to identify all persons by matching finger print, facial recognition, iris and retinal identification technologies. These data could be stored in electronic form in visa /passports to identify a person at point of entry to a country and checked through Interpol or similar body to compare known criminal or terrorist records and map the movement of people who may pose a threat.
Secondly, measured response along the gradient through intelligence gathering, both military and criminal to police work merging towards the military options depending on the threat. An effective blending of the competencies of these peace-making and peace-keeping activities at an unheard of level of co-operation across the international community, could make it almost impossible for terrorists to achieve their aims.
What is happening in the law enforcement community is, the weapons, tactics, organisation and structure, are becoming much more like the military. In the military realm, the weapons, the tactics, organisation, structure and especially the missions in places like East Timor, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq are becoming much more like the law enforcement community. To a certain degree, they are growing closer together.
Purely military responses must fail because the terrorists use hit and run, not stand and fight tactics which leave the military wrong footed and heavy handed almost every time.
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