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Terrorist attacks will be a recurring part of our future. The balance of technology has shifted, making it possible for a small band of zealots to wreak devastation where we least expect it-not on a plane next time, but with poison gas in the subway or a biotoxin in the water supply. The attack of September 11 is the prototype for many events that will litter the twentyfirst century. We should be looking at it in a diagnostic spirit: What can we learn that will permit us to respond more intelligently the next time around?

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