The first pillar of terror -- Kill one, frighten ten thousand: A critical discussion of the doctrinal shift associated with the 'New Terrorism'

Henry Prunckun

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Abstract

A critical discussion on the terrorist doctrine of 'kill one, frighten ten thousand' and how it has shifted to one that is aimed at inflicting mass casualties. The discussion weighs up what this change means in terms of coercive political influence. The article uses a critical analytic approach, employing a simple PEST framework to focus its discussion on a number of key media factors that appear at the centre of this change. The article argues that the shift in tactic to mass killings has the potential to reach more people and inflict greater fear and anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-185
Number of pages8
JournalThe Police Journal: a quarterly review for the police forces of the Commonwealth and English-speaking world
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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