Al Qaeda Now: Understanding Today's Terrorists by Karen J. Greenberg

By Karen J. Greenberg

This quantity of displays by way of a gaggle of professionals on foreign terrorism and Al Qaeda represent a beneficial synopsis of present wisdom in this terrorist workforce and the rules in position to counter threats of destiny assaults. The articles give a contribution to figuring out how Al Qaeda has developed from a circulate to an ideology, what impression it has on heart East balance and what persevered possibility it truly is to the us, Europe, and different components of the area. The members, from academia, examine facilities, executive organisations and the media, symbolize a pass portion of well-known specialists on Al Qaeda and overseas terrorism. Karen J. Greenberg is the administrative Director of the guts on legislation and protection on the manhattan collage university of legislation. She is a traveling Professor of eu reviews at long island collage and a member of the Council on international family members. She is co-editor of The Torture Papers (Cambridge, 2005).

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In the December 2004 issue of Current History I presented an expansive list. But let me conclude on what I think is the one key point as we move forward in confronting this challenge. And that is this: that the concept of a war on terror has outlived both its usefulness and its relevance. As we move ahead, rather than looking at this as a war on terrorism, we have to reconceive of this as something more akin to a global insurgency or a global counterinsurgency. And here we know that, as Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templar – arguably the world’s leading example of implementing a successful counterinsurgency which he did in Malaya nearly fifty years ago – famously declared: countering insurgency is only twenty-five percent military.

Who Joins al Qaeda? 31 It took me awhile to understand why someone like KSM should take the trouble of inviting, all the way from London, someone of my profile, with my reputation, and with my constituency as a secular journalist. But on my way to him, I thought that he might be interested in talking to a certain type of people. And this type of people is the type of people that I am most concerned about: the mainstream people, the moderates, the seculars. When I say seculars I do not mean the non-believers.

The way we approach this problem must constantly be evolving and adjusting. 10 Fallows, Bergen, Hoffman, and Simon Second, we have obviously declared a war on terrorism. But our adversaries are pursuing a war of attrition. We saw this very clearly in bin Laden’s statement of October 29, 2004. This has enormous implications for the way we look at the struggle. All to the good, we have gotten used to war as lasting a matter of months if not weeks, as was certainly the case of the first Gulf War and the military invasion of Afghanistan in March and April 2003.

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