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Terrorist Profiles -Letter Vice President G.H. Bush in 1988

Fellow Americans,

In February 1986, The Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism released its public report, which contained a number of policy recommendations. These recommendations became the cornerstone of US counterterrorism policy. One key proposal was to launch a public awareness effort to better inform the American people about the nature of terrorism and the threat it represents to our national security interests and to the freedoms we so deeply cherish.

I strongly favor providing the public such information because it sharpens awareness as to the individual agendas of terrorist groups, the role of nations that support their depredations, and the necessity for tailoring multiple strategies to effectively combat this scourge.

As a result of the findings of my Task Force, we have markedly improved the coordinating machinery that enables the American Government to more rapidly and effectively resolve terrorist crises. We have put in place new procedures to enhance the response capabilities of our intelligence, law enforcement, and security forces. We have spent millions to recruit, train, and equip our personnel engaged in combatting terrorism and to enhance the security of our embassies and overseas military bases.

My Task Force outlined a clear and concise counterterrorism policy -the toughest in the Free World.

First, the United States will be firm with terrorists. We will not make concessions. We will continue to urge other countries not to make concessions. Rewarding terrorists only encourages more terrorism. Second, we will apply pressure to states which sponsor terrorism. We will work with friendly nations to apply diplomatic, economic, political, and, if necessary, military pressure on states which sponsor terrorism. If we find states supplying money, weapons, training, identification documents, travel, or safe haven for terrorists, we will respond. Our aim is to demonstrate to these countries that supporting terrorism is not cost-free.

Third, we will bring terrorists to justice. We will continue to cooperate with friendly nations to identify, track, apprehend, prosecute, and punish terrorists. Our efforts include exchanging intelligence information on terrorists and their movements, developing "watch lists" for use by border police, and tightening extradition treaties. Terrorism is crime, and terrorists must be treated as criminals.

In addition, the United States will help friendly nations resist terrorist pressures through an ambitious program of antiterrorism training which, since 1984, has trained more than 6,000 police officers and security personnel from some 50 nations.

Our policy has been effective. From 1986-1987, the number of anti-US terrorist attacks dropped
25 percent. International terrorist operations in Western Europe over the past 2 years decreased
31 percent, and last year in Latin America dropped 32 percent. Only two international terrorist
skyjackings occurred in 1986 and only one in 1987. Particularly gratifying have been the increasingly
successful prosecutions of international terrorists. Last year alone, there were 30 convictions in 9
different countries - the majority of terrorists received sentences of death, or life imprisonment.

Although progress has been made, terrorism remains a serious threat. In 1987, international terrorists carried out 832 operations, attacking the citizens and property of 84 nations. More than 2,000 persons were wounded. More than 600 died. This was greater than any year since the US Government began keeping records some 20 years ago.

The surge in the level of international terrorist activity worldwide in 1987 and 1988 resulted from a wave of high-casualty bombings in Pakistan carried out by agents of the Afghan intelligence service known as WAD. The WAD is Soviet trained and organized. The terrorist campaign is designed to deter the Government of Pakistan from aiding resistance fighters in Afghanistan. Fully one-third of all deaths and one-half of all injuries in 1987 that resulted worldwide from international terrorist operations were attributable to this campaign of terror - a campaign that left in its wake more than 220 dead and 1,000 wounded. When these numbers are subtracted, the number of incidents in the rest of the world declined by almost 10 percent from the 1986 statistics.

Many other states have adopted terrorism as a tool of foreign policy. Incidents attributable to state sponsorship rose from 70 attacks in 1986 to 189 in 1987, an increase of more than 170 percent. Governments sponsoring terrorism include North Korea, Iran, Libya, Syria, and South Yemen. This past year, only Syria took steps to lessen its support of terrorism by expelling the Abu Nidal Organization from the country.

For many, terrorism represents a cheap and effective way to project power. It is a tactic that enables terrorists to shoot their way onto the world stage and, in effect, hijack the international media. Terrorism, as common street crime, may never be totally eradicated, but we can reduce it to a more tolerable level. In our fight against terrorism we are going to suffer casualties. And, as in any conflict, the innocent suffer. Our aim is to minimize the price the American people and other innocents pay, and assure that those states and groups that resort to terrorism find the cost prohibitive and their actions counterproductive.

The difference between terrorists and freedom fighters is sometimes clouded. Some would say one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. I reject this notion. The philosophical differences are stark and fundamental. It should be clear to all those who read this book that terrorists are criminals who attack our cherished institutions and profane our values.

In seeking to destroy freedom and democracy, terrorists deliberately target noncombatants for their own cynical purposes. They kill and maim defenseless men. women, and children. They murder judges, newspaper reporters, elected officials, government administrators, labor leaders, policemen, priests, and others who defend the values of civilized society. Freedom fighters, in contrast, seek to adhere to international law and civilized standards of conduct. They attack military targets, not defenseless civilians. Noncombatant casualties in this context are an aberration or attributable to the fortunes of war. They are not the result of deliberate policy designed to terrorize the opposition.

The difference between the terrorists and the freedom fighters is as profound as it is obvious. To permit this distinction to become blurred is to play into terrorists' hands.

The American public needs to understand terrorism, what it is and is not, and how the United States Government takes action against the terrorist threat.

Thus by overstaying our invasion and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States has become the state actor of terrorism with drone strikes, assassinations killing anywhere from dozens to hundreds of civilians. Even The Netherlands with a small footprint as military might, managed to kill up to 70-80 civilians in a single strike in both Uruzgan, Afghanistan and Mosul and Hawija in Iraq.

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