Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
We have become all too familiar with the many faces of terrorism. Images of savagery and carnage appear on our television screens with sickening regularity. For many people, Osama Bin Laden's name has become synonymous with death and destruction. Although the Cold War is over, there is a fear that weapons of mass destruction might be sold by rogue nations to other outlaws and vice versa.
There appears to be no dearth of disenchanted and disenfranchised individuals who seek to avenge indignities inflicted upon them by others on ideologic or religious grounds. Some of these men and women are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. They are heroes to those who believe in the cause, terrorists in the minds of their victims. We fear blackmail by terrorists who might acquire nuclear weapons. We have seen the corpses of Kurds asphyxiated by Iraqi chemical warfare.
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