The Real Purpose of Terrorism

April 18, 2016
Update from The RAND Corp. on April 19 after I contacted Mr. Jenkins for an interview:

Dear Mr. Bollyn:
I am sorry, but Brian Michael Jenkins is not available. Thank you for contacting RAND.

Lisa Sodders, Media Relations Officer
The RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90024

The Real Purpose of Terrorism

“Terrorism is aimed at the people watching, not at the actual victims. Terrorism is theater… The normal objective of state or official terrorism is to enforce obedience and cooperation… Success demands the creation of an atmosphere of fear and the seeming omnipresence of the internal security apparatus.” 
– Brian Michael Jenkins, International Terrorism: A New Kind of Warfare, Rand Corporation, June 1974

Source: Brian Michael Jenkins, “International Terrorism: A New Kind of Warfare,” Rand Corporation, June 1974


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