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Fighting Terrorism-Myths and realities

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23.08.2021

The American debacle in Afghanistan is exactly what is being said about that-A catastrophe of major proportions which is going to have very quick and deep repercussions on the ability of the Western world to counter terror regimes and movements. Such predictions were voiced after the Soviet debacle/catastrophe in the same Afghanistan, and then were watered down by ”experts” , mainly in the US, but the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 was a grim reminder that dire warnings can even materialize, though the full and most painful realization of that came only in 9/11. The point which I am going to dwell upon here, is not the history , causes and implications of American involvement in Afghanistan , and that applies also to the most recent developments. It is rather to examine the long-held notion, almost a sacred principle of ”not negotiating with terrorism”, because with them we can have ONLY war to the end. In order to emphasize the point of discussion , I will relate also to Israel and its war on terror.

In Israel this notion became the official policy and near religious creed after 1967, and even more so after the 1973 war which gave strong impetus to Palestinian terrorism , something which was highly dramatized in 1976 with the Entebbe situation and the glorious Israeli operation led by the hero of Israel , Yonathan [Yoni] Netanyahu. So long as it was mostly an Israeli problem, the overall global interest in the question of terrorism and the ways to counter it was limited, though there were enough examples from other countries, including in Europe , where the plague of........

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