Aviation Terrorism by Jin-Tai Choi (auth.)

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Nature and Developments 19 would be substantially reduced. 14 It should be remembered that the harvest of justice can not be reaped from seeds that have not been sown in peace. The Asylum Seeker This category of aviation terrorist comprises those who claim political motivation for their acts and are willing to take enormous risks to escape a political or social system that they detest. Included in this group have been left-wing revolutionaries, such as the Black Panthers of the United States and Latin American militants, as well as radicals and right-wing politicians and opponents of communist and fascist systems.

Despite these various efforts, the US government has been largely unable to halt terrorist attacks against civil aviation through international agreement. 35 This lack of success in the international sphere has promoted the US authorities to resort to the development of various kinds of security and policy measures to prevent acts of violence against civil aviation. In the early stages of the war against aviation terrorism the US government hoped that aircraft hijacking could be stopped by legal measures, accepting the airlines' contention that passengers should not be alarmed or inconvenienced by highly visible security measures.

In the western hemisphere a similar situation took place when the communists took over the Eastern European states. Thousands of dissidents fled their homes to go to non-communist states by whatever means of transportation were available. From 1947 to the 1950s there were a number of aircraft hijackings in which airliners were diverted from Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland to Turkey, West Germany, Italy Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Nearly all the hijackers were granted asylum.

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