This article will address the problematic intersection of terrorism and child custody battles. The most immediate consequences of a terrorist attack are loved ones lost and buildings reduced to rubble. These losses are devastating, shocking and scary. But to end an analysis of terrorist victories with a body count is a fatal mistake. Americans fervently shout we cannot let "them" win, but how do we decide if they are winning? What do the terrorists want? It is not the goal of terrorists to simply kill Americans, causing death and destruction. That is merely a horrific means to their end. Terrorists want to permanently destroy Western civilization. It is not just about killing Westerners. It is about fundamentally destroying our way of life. One way of examining whether terrorists are succeeding is to examine the effects of terrorism on ordinary life.


Terrorism, child custody, international law

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21 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 121 (2008)