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interesting article on terrorism
Posted mainly for my own reference: Terrorism: a Brief For Americans

I thought this was well-reasoned and exceptionally clear, although I don't agree with all of the conclusions- for example, I think the author downplays the role of ideology and religion as a primary motivating factor, and I think some of his speculations about the cause of WWII are a bit naive... Still, very interesting...

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Yeah, anyone who doesn't realize that it's fanaticism at the heart of it all is really missing the boat.

Well, I he makes a point of saying that fanaticism (the quote he uses calls it "fundamentalism", but it's pretty clear what he means) is a huge motivating force and what makes terrorists so hard to deal with directly. But I think he needs to give more weight to it as a force of causation, as well.

I don't agree that fanaticism is exclusively "at the heart of it all". But it belongs there along with the other factors that he cites.

Still, I think his suggestions for modifying and expanding out policies are worth consideration and qualified adoption.

Yeah, I agree with your assessment of this paper, very interesting reading, a tad naive and simplistic in some circumstances. But I think his views on the politics and our responses and vice versa are spot-on. Analysis as hindsight is of course 20/20; its the implementation thats difficult and not something I see happening for at least 2 years...

Well, I think he is wrong on winning the jihadist war sooner. I think it will take decades.

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