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What Terrorists Really Want: Terrorist Motives and Counterterrorism Strategy
What do terrorists want? No question is more fundamental for devising an effective counterterrorism strategy. The international community cannot expect to make terrorism unproªtable and thus scarce without knowing the incentive structure of its practitioners. 1 The strategic model-the dominant paradigm in terrorism studies-posits that terrorists are rational actors who attack civilians for political ends. According to this view, terrorists are political utility maximizers; people use terrorismdoi:10.1162/isec.2008.32.4.78 fatcat:exy5g7wddre3tlak42vz7c4mgm