Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How to End Terrorism; By the Numbers

Seth Jones knows how to correctly end terrorism. Who is he and why is no one in government paying attention?

From the article:
Through his work as an analyst for the Rand Corporation, he has found that 40 percent of terrorist groups are defeated by police and intelligence operations. Forty-three percent end because they give up violence and join the political process. Only 7 percent end as a result of military force.

For a new book called How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa'ida, Jones studied 648 terrorist groups and accumulated overwhelming evidence that the United States may be about to make the same mistakes in Afghanistan that were made in Iraq.

Military force is often just too blunt an instrument, Jones says. History proves that the clearest path to success is using local police and intelligence agencies that have deep local knowledge.

More info here: U.S. Should Rethink "War On Terrorism" Strategy to Deal with Resurgent Al Qaida

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