Why Terrorism fails.
Terrorists, he writes,
(1) attack civilians, a policy that has a lousy track record of convincing those civilians to give the terrorists what they want;
(2) treat terrorism as a first resort, not a last resort, failing to embrace nonviolent alternatives like elections; (3) don't compromise with their target country, even when those compromises are in their best interest politically;
(4) have protean political platforms, which regularly, and sometimes radically, change;
(5) often engage in anonymous attacks, which precludes the target countries making political concessions to them;
(6) regularly attack other terrorist groups with the same political platform; and
(7) resist disbanding, even when they consistently fail to achieve their political objectives or when their stated political objectives have been achieved.
Abrahms has an alternative model to explain all this: People turn to terrorism for social solidarity. He theorizes that people join terrorist organizations worldwide in order to be part of a community, much like the reason inner-city youths join gangs in the United States.
The evidence supports this. Individual terrorists often have no prior involvement with a group's political agenda, and often join multiple terrorist groups with incompatible platforms. Individuals who join terrorist groups are frequently not oppressed in any way, and often can't describe the political goals of their organizations. People who join terrorist groups most often have friends or relatives who are members of the group, and the great majority of terrorist are socially isolated: unmarried young men or widowed women who weren't working prior to joining. These things are true for members of terrorist groups as diverse as the IRA and al-Qaida.
THAT PARADIGM INDICATES;
An anti-terror group would also attract people from the same demographic.
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