America's goal must be to prevent future strikes by its enemies. The United States cannot afford to allow an emotional desire for quick retribution to override its long-term national security interests. It would not be difficult to make things worse rather than better.
Preparing for a War on Terrorism
Jessica Stern is a lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of The Ultimate Terrorists (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999). This article is based on the author's testimony before a September 20, 2001 House Government Reform Committee hearing on fighting terrorism.
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Jessica Stern; Preparing for a War on Terrorism. Current History 1 November 2001; 100 (649): 355–357. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.649.355
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