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Public Safety And The Moral Dilemma In The Defense Against Terror

  • Rapha�l Franck
  • Arye Hillman
  • Miriam Krausz

The economic theory of defense has traditionally described public safety as achieved through investments that deter adversaries. Deterrence is, however, ineffective and pre-emptive defense is required when a population of intended victims confronts supreme-value suicide terror. A moral dilemma then arises, since pre-emption may impose collective punishment, while in the absence of pre-emption the population of intended victims is exposed to acts of terror. We consider how a population of intended terror victims confronts the moral dilemma, and compare the threatened population's response with the public-safety recommendations of external judges who are not personally affected by the threat of terror.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2005)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 347-364

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Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:16:y:2005:i:5:p:347-364
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