Today's date:
Fall 1996

In Wake of Terrorism, Modern Armies Prove to Be Dinosaurs

Martin Van Creveld, one of the West's leading military historians and strategists, is currently professor of history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Among his many books is the seminal work, "The Transformation of War" (Free Press, 1991).

Jerusalem - A ghost is stalking the corridors of general staffs and defense departments all over the developed world - the fear of military impotence, even irrelevance. The military systems built up over past decades are proving useless in the face of greatest security threat of the next century - terrorism. That is the message of recent attacks, from subways of Moscow, Tokyo and Paris to Oklahoma City and Atlanta to (apparently) the tragic downing of TWA 800.

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