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To good a story to die: eliminate legitimate grievances to eliminate terrorism

Some beliefs — simple matters of detail — have almost no factual support but refuse to die, probably because they serve to support deeply held beliefs.   William Dalrymple puts his understanding of the origins of terrorism on display for our edification.  Theodore Dalrymple then explains why William’s theory is absurd. “Mumbai atrocities highlight need for solution …

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Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)?

Summary:  There are reports that the US has supported terrorist groups seeking to overthrow Iran’s government.  This is the first post in a series; at the end are links to the other chapters. Contents Background A description of the situation and what we know Evidence of covert support for terrorists:  leaks and speculation What might …

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9/11 was the most effective single military operation in the history of the world

With a single strike al Qaeda changed the course of the world’s hegemonic state, by many measures the most powerful nation (relative to its time) that the world has ever seen. They did this at a negligible cost in money and manpower — never have so few changed so many with so little effort. Our …

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Terrorism in India, a roster of incidents

Terrorism is a global phenomenon, but still poorly understood.  What do terrorists hope to gain by random destruction?  How often does terrorism work?  Desite the many studies, it still remains a mysterious thing to me. This post looks at terrorism in the world’s largest and one of its older democracies — India — in an excerpt from …

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