Academic journal article Military Review

How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War

Academic journal article Military Review

How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War

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HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Terrorism and the New War, James F. Hoge, Jr., and Gideon Rose, eds., Foreign Affairs, New York, 2001, 324 pages, $14.00.

How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War is a superb, thought-provoking book. The combined talents of 24 civilian and military Middle East experts, such as General (Retired) Wesley Clark, William Perry, Samuel Berger, Fouad Ajami, and others of high caliber and recognition, make this must reading for the military community.

Neither complacency nor hysteria, obviously, are good ways of approaching U.S. national security. More appropriate is measured determination grounded in facts and sound judgments about the challenges facing the country and the alternative responses available. Many have questioned why the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks occurred and who the people were who were responsible. This book is an excellent analysis of what happened, although some conclusions are speculative, and it offers insight into possible ways to combat future problems.

Each writer tells a compelling story or narrative about what he sees as the driving force behind why planes were launched against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. …

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