long as politically motivated elements perceive themselves as too weak politically or militarily to engage their adversary, the possibility of terrorism exists. Furthermore, as long as nations see the support of terrorist groups as furthering their objectives with little cost, state support of terrorism will continue, and international cooperation will be unable to solve the basic issues.
Corporations are not in a position to do battle with terrorists. The cost to personnel as well as corporation assets is too high. Most importantly, the purpose of corporations is not to be confused with that of governments. But corporations must be concerned with their own security and the extent to which terrorist activity disrupts their commercial ventures. For that reason alone, corporations must secure the kind of intelligence that will enable them to advise their personnel wisely as to the proper measures that they can implement for protection.
Personnel must be advised of the dangers of an overseas assignment and of travel in general. They must be advised of the dangers of kidnapping and of attack. Procedures must be established within the corporation that will enable it to work quickly and clandestinely with insurance agents and officials of foreign governments as well as officials of its own government.
Corporations, like governments, will never be able to control all of the factors that will enable them to dodge the terrorist arm. To promise such control would be to misrepresent the possible. Yet to act in ignorance is to invite disaster. There is no choice but to prepare for the unexpected.