Sunday, September 10, 2017

The New Yorker

On the Anniversary of 9/11:
How Does Terrorism End?
The current spasm of international terrorism, an age-old tactic of warfare, is often traced to a bomb mailed from New York by the anti-Castro group El Poder Cubano, or Cuban Power, that exploded in a Havana post office, on January 9, 1968. Five people were seriously injured. Since then, almost four hundred thousand people have died in terrorist attacks worldwide, on airplanes and trains, in shopping malls, schools, embassies, cinemas, apartment blocks, government offices, and businesses, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. The deadliest remains the 9/11 attack, sixteen years ago this week, which killed almost three thousand people—and in turn triggered a war that has become America’s longest.
I’ve covered dozens of these terrorist attacks on four continents over that half century. After the Barcelona attack and the U.S. decision to send more troops to fight the Taliban, I began to wonder how terrorism ends—or how militant groups evolve. In her landmark study of more than four hundred and fifty terrorist groups, Aubrey Kurth Cronin found that the average life span of an extremist movement is about eight years. Cuban Power carried out several other bombings, but, in the end, it didn’t last a whole year.
In the run-up to the 9/11 anniversary, I reached out to eight terrorism experts who’ve long studied the phenomenon at the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the National Security Council, the State Department, the Rand Corporation, and in academia. They identified six ways terrorism evolves, fades, or dies—and under what conditions it succeeds.
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1 comment:

  1. You do not approach the evidence at all. Many so called terrorist strikes are perpetrated by deep state actors:

    The 9/11 Commissioners said they were lied to by the CIA, FBI, Cheney and Bush Jnr's testimony was unsworn and secret! and;

    the people of the US have been repeatedly lied to by their Government and by the US Press - why anyone supports freedom of the gatekeeping press to lie to us?

    US people punked again and again and again... Ground Zero workers, 9/11 First Responders and the people of New York who lived in the zone of the toxic plume suffered months of ionising radiation coming from the hot molten cores that no amount of water and chemical agents could cool down - where's the critical attention to the evidence Sherlock Holmes?