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We can defeat the jihadists, just as we did the anarchist terrorists

Summary:  Today’s violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists — without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today’s Islamic extremists using similar methods — reversing the results from 16 years of …

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More about those pirate demons in Somalia

Summary:  A follow-up to What is this “justice” that war-loving Americans speak of? about the Somalia pirates.  As so often the case on the FM website, the comments were disturbing — examples of the widespread modern America our love of force and disdain for justice (for others, that is).  We can do better.  Understanding ourselves is the first …

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Are Islamic extremists like the anarchists?

Summary:  Today’s violence from islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists without massive restrictions on civil liberties and military operations.  Post-9/11 history suggests that we can successfully cope with Islamic extremists using similar methods. Contents Introduction. Then and now:  …

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