DEMOCRACY AND THE NEWS
By Herbert J. Gans. Oxford Univ. Press.168 pp. $26
Irish Republican Army (IRA), and of the gap between them and the fanatics of Al Qaeda, there is no better guide.
Laqueur, one of the leading and most experienced academic experts on terrorism, keeps his sense of perspective and proportion. In a brisk review of the last 150 years of terrorism, he stresses that "its political effects in contrast to the publicity it received were small." In some circumstances, terrorists succeeded in highlighting authentic injustices, as with America’s own John Brown in the pre-Civil...