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Americans just can’t help themselves

It must be our size and border security (haven’t been attacked by Mexico or Canada for a while) that makes us so insular. Even clever, educated Americans make silly mistakes that remind me the question I was often asked as a kid, when someone has found out that I had a twin brother. “Are you identical?” they would ask, and I would wince with embarrassment. How was I to tell one of my professors that that in fact wasn’t possible?

We just got a terrific review of Patterns of Global Terrorism, 1985-2005: U.S. Department of State Reports with Supplementary Documents and Statistics from Library Journal, that ends, “recommended for large public and university libraries serving scholars, researchers, and graduate students in criminology, international policy, and military studies.”

It explains that “Finding aids are made up of the reader’s guide, which serves as an expanded table of contents, and a 57-page index of names, countries, and organizations. Nearly 100 tables, graphs, and maps show trends over time.” and then goes on to say, “There are lengthy sections on countries accused of state-sponsored terrorism (e.g., Cuba, Iran, Iraq) but little reference to domestic fringe groups often associated with terrorist acts, e.g., the Animal Liberation Front and the Ku Klux Klan.” No domestic terrorism groups? Gee, I guess that’s why it’s called Patterns of Global Terrorism and published by the State Department.

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