The problem of international terrorism requires a new approach. No satisfactory answer has yet been given to the question of how a nation should respond when attacked or under threat by organized and effuse international terrorists. Ideally, nations would work together to root out the criminal elements and end the threat, but things have not proved so easy as a consequence of the shelter offered terrorists by failed states and unstable or weak regimes. Other related issues of sovereignty have further proved a difficulty in dealing with terrorism. The situation seems grim. It would seem that organized crime at an international level, requires organized law enforcement at an international level. Much like the American Federal Bureau of Investigation was created to deal with interstate crime within America, and international law enforcement body seems called for to deal with the problems facing a shrinking planet. I have no illusions that creating such a body would be easy, or even only a little difficult. The difficulties concerning oversight, limits of authority, the need for international unanimity, etc; are immense. The payoff in terms of international security and diffusing and preventing international conflict, though, are to my mind worth overcoming the difficulties. One immediate problem I will address concerns the apparent need for an international legislature to oversee such an agency. There is the United Nations, and there are international laws, but neither were designed with such a law enforcement body in mind, and the creation of a new international legislature would face hurdles perhaps too great to be overcome, is unnecessary, and I question its desirability at this time. As such, it seems best that that the proposed agency be created by an international treaty, which would lay down a very specific mission for it, which would be to bring international terrorists to justice. Furthermore, the treaty could create an oversight body to ensure the agency would not act outside the authority specifically granted it. Some might contend this constitutes the creation of a world government or portends it. Such fears would be unfounded as the agency would not be equipped to fight a conventional war, nor be given authority to do anything outside the realm of combating international terrorism. It would exist only at the behest of the sovereign nations that brought it into existence, and they would then have no more power as a united entity than they had prior to its formation. The possibility of a world government cannot be rid of by nations simply being uncooperative with one another, as the potential for cooperation to such ends would remain in any case, so opposition to cooperation towards desirable ends seems unfounded. In any case, I doubt this will be a popular idea, but it seems to me to be a long time due.