Saturday, July 01, 2006

How to lose the war on terror

How to Lose the 'War on Terror', by Mark Perry and Alastair Crooke, Asia Times

In a five part series on “The War on Terror,“ Conflicts Forum co-directors Mark Perry and Alastair Crooke (a member of the Next Century Foundation and former MI6 boss in the Middle East) explore why the West has misconceived its enemies in Islam. As a result of this fundamental misconception, which is based on the fatal inability to differentiate moderate from radical Islamist groups, Perry and Crooke argue that the West is and will continue to lose the “war on terrorism.“ Mark comments to us: "The articles are getting a lot of attention, thankfully, including in the US government. It is good to see that the printed word still has some impact." We re-publish them on this blog because of their importance.

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In a series of articles in Asia times that began in March and concluded most recently on 8 June 2006, Perry and Crooke trace the intellectual foundations of the West’s conflict with Islam and explore and critique the tactics that have been adopted, and that continue to fail. Conflicts Forum’s exchanges with the leaders of political Islam (with representatives of Hamas, Hezbollah, Jamaat e-Islami and the Muslim Brotherhood) forms a baseline of information for their narrative.

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