BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 02 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:817
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    When discussing bioterrorism it is usually assumed that terrorists pursue ideologies and that bioterrorism always avails itself of micro-organisms or toxins.

    Terrorism can be coercive, extortionist, or retaliative, and it can be pursued solely for the sake of self gratification.

    The poisoning in the Tokyo underground may have had ideological motivation. The bombing of German cities and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan were acts of terrorism of the coercive kind. …

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