Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sobering realism about terrorism

Here is a good read from the BBC on terrorism For those who follow such stuff (with something of an open mind about how to solve the problem) it won't be much of a revelation. I didn't see anything really new (author notes how US sees it as a military solution, while Europe looks at it as a crime problem), but what I took away from it is that there is no easy or clear solution.

This is a report on a conference in Stockholm, of terrorism experts.

I'm not trying to equate any religions here, but as I have said many, many times, if states had wanted (and they did) to stamp out Christianity, what would have been successful straegies? The Islamic fueled terrorism is a violent global social movement and ultimately it is going to be won, not with guns and security states, but at the ideological level.

The BBC author concludes with a quote from a n American military expert who helped produce the US Counter-Insurgency Manaual. In response to a question that the journlist didn't really expect an answer to, how long would this conflict last, the answer was:

"Thirty years if we get it right," he said. "A hundred years if we get it wrong."

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