Terrorism, Individual Security, and the Role of the Military: A Reply to Liotta

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Brooke, A. Smith-Windsor (2002) Terrorism, Individual Security, and the Role of the Military: A Reply to Liotta , Security Dialogue 33(4): .

BROOKE A. SMITH-WINDSOR

Canadian Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Canada

P. H. Liotta employs a boomerang analogy in an attempt to demonstrate the danger that may result if policymaking post-9/11 does not acknowledge a convergence of security concerns and carefully balance regard for the protection of the state with renewed attention to the security of individual human beings. Despite the attraction of the boomerang analogy as a policymaking aid, inconsistencies in the author’s treatment of terrorism as a security concern, some undeveloped or unsubstantiated contentions and concepts, and a general underestimation of the utility of military forces in addressing dangers to the individual in addition to dangers to the state unfortunately diminish the amount of sound policy advice to be garnered from the article.