The goal of this article is to determine how the international community can prevent piracy and terrorism. The irony is that perhaps piracy may subside at last, but only as a result of the increased efforts of the international community to prevent terrorism. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to explore the parameters of the problems and trends toward serious destruction connected to these acts and to suggest that if regional approaches fail, certain unilateral actions against the perpetrators may be necessary in order to avoid massive human and environmental destruction. The core question is whether unilateral action growing out of treaty obligations should be permitted.





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