This book was just going to press on September 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the soul of the United States and the very concept of national security. It is impossible to know how the repercussions of this calamity will alter fundamental policies of the United States, its allies, and the entire international community.
WMD terrorism traditionally has been seen as a law enforcement rather than a proliferation issue. However, such distinctions are unlikely to survive. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior U.S. officials have already stressed that, because most state sponsors of terrorism are also active proliferators, there is a direct link between proliferation and the likelihood that future terrorist attacks will involve mass destruction weapons. The clear implication is that curbing proliferation is likely to be a vital long-term element of the unfolding coalition campaign against global terrorism. This lends fresh urgency to the need to improve Western cooperation against proliferation.
October 6, 2001