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A complete journey through the British terrorism experience
on 21 November 2008
I finished reading this brilliant book in 2 days. Too much of the literature on terrorism focuses on America. Hewitt constructs on excellent account of the British 'war on terror'. He correctly places terrorism in its historical context (the fight against Irish nationalism) whilst providing the reader with a clear account of what was happening behind the scenes pre 9/11.
Hewitt wipes away the cobwebs of the biased media discourse and shows how foreign policy has motivated terrorists, whilst criticising the Blair government for having pandered to public opinion, rather than get to grips with the long-term structural forces that have given rise to terrorism in this country and must be rectified to reduce the threat. This is what is known as 'hearts and mind', a concept the author hits upon as the way forward in gaining valuable human intelligence, which has a central place in the arsenal of counter-terrorism responses.
All in all a very good read that is highly recommened to both the student and to anyone interested in knowing the non-tabloid story of terrorism in this country.