Friday, February 07, 2014

Some Issues with "Counter Terrorism - The Right Approach and Solutions"

JANET LEVY February 6, 2014
Three important points need to be emphasized here:

1)  It is accurate that Carter was naive about Khoumeni's goals as a religion leader.  However, the fact that the Shah refused to give Carter's cronies some contracts in Iran was a significant part of the equation.

2)  The Russian position vis a vis Islam is nuanced and not a clear case of doing what is necessary to fight terrorism.  Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky maintains that the Russians privilege Muslim citizens in the service of regaining territory that was part of the former Soviet Union.  See his white paper:  Made in Moscow Terrorism:  The Hidden Hand of the KGB.  - Click Here

3) It is very important to distinguish between terrorist groups as, at times, it is expedient to forge a temporary alliance with one side over the other.  Such is the case with the current relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel to fight the soon-to-be-nuclear Shias in Iran.  In 2012, the Saudis abandoned the Muslim Brotherhood after a six decade relationship.  When the Brotherhood took control of Egypt with the election of Morsi, the Kingdom switched its allegiance to the Egyptian military.  Essentially, the Saudis broke with the MB to protect their domestic grip on power.
Janet Levy, Los Angeles 

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