The pilots of two were murdered; the third pilot decided to obey his captors.
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Libya had, by far the highest unemployment while Tunisia and Egypt although this seems low were more towards the middle of the pack. Tunisia has one of the highest median ages, while Egypt and Libya are again in the middle.
In short, the graphic does not point to an obvious next domino, although it does indicate that almost everyone in the region is a possible candidate. But knowing that the nations in the Middle East are ripe for turmoil is hardly news, but the critical questions are when, where, and why.
To model that problem requires a lot more variables. In one of my own efforts to model terrorist group behavior I cited Tolstoy who stated: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
The same goes for troubles nations and is there any other kind. March 10, By Matthew Levitt Initially slow to react to the string of Jasmine revolutions rocking the Middle East and North Africa, the Obama administration is now proactively engaged in policy and analytical reassessments to determine how to respond to various contingencies arising from the new political horizon rising across the region.
One such internal assessment, completed in mid-February, focused on differences between various types of Islamist movements that promote Islamic law in government. Such a review is timely, commendable, and appears to be asking some of the right questions. That, however, is no guarantee it will reach the right conclusions.
To be sure, significant ideological differences separate al-Qaeda from the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood, not the least of which is the sharp contrast between al-Qaeda's distaste for national boundaries in it quest for an Islamic Caliphate and the Muslim Brotherhood's ability to mold its Islamist ideology to the specific nationalist contexts of each country in which it is present.
And yet, the Brotherhood's Islamist, illiberal ideology includes tenets that raise significant questions about its qualifications as a partner in the democratic process.
The threshold for partnership cannot simply be that a group is not quite as extreme or violent as al-Qaeda. The full article is available here March 6, The Future of British and U.
Counterradicalization Strategies By Matthew Levitt Radicalization lies at the intersection of grievance and ideology.
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However, grievances are ever-present and very few individuals choose to act upon them. Ideology, on the other hand, offers a blueprint for action that mobilizes potential terrorists.
A key criticism of the British Prevent strategy has focused on its failure to recognize the importance of ideology in the radicalization process, as evidenced by partnerships with nonviolent Islamist organizations. Though many of these groups reject violence against the UK itself, they are either silent about or even supportive of attacks against Israel or coalition troops in Iraq.
Counterradicalization efforts cannot be effective when partnerships are made with those who explicitly reject liberal values. And we must not forget that extremist ideology calling for violence in the name of Islam presents the most pressing terrorist threat to the West.
Whether advocated by violent or nonviolent extremists, such radical ideology promotes a worldview at odds with the fundamental principles of Western society and must be contested. American society has a fundamental discomfort with the government dictating acceptable versus unacceptable ideas.
Freedom of speech and religion are arguably the most cherished values in the United States. This position stands in stark contrast with legal and societal norms in the UK or the Netherlands, where distribution of terrorist literature can be investigated and the drafters jailed for creating a threat to national social cohesion.
Therefore, in keeping with American values, the United States must develop a strategy that confronts the ideology head-on. While the state cannot act as thought police, it can offer and amplify an abundance of voices, thereby dispelling the notion that Islamist ideology offers the only solution to one's problems and, in effect, limiting its appeal.
Without banning extremist but protected speech, the government can and must take action to contest extremist ideas and undercut their attraction. Lacking a version of Britain's Communities and Local Government Department, the United States must immediately develop a roadmap delineating the responsibilities of agencies and departments -- federal, state, and local -- in addressing local grievances, engaging immigrant communities, and contesting extremist ideologies.The End of The Counterterrorism Blog By Douglas Farah.
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Date Name Definition and notes L. Ali Khan "Terrorism sprouts from the existence of aggrieved groups. These aggrieved groups share two essential characteristics: they have specific political objectives, and they believe that violence is an inevitable means to achieve their political ends.
Exploitation definition, use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields. See more. C. Armed Attack by a Non-State Actor 14 Since the attack of ‘9/11’ the question whether a terrorist attack of that magnitude qualifies as ‘armed attack’ in the sense of Art.
51 UN Charter has become the subject of debate. The ICJ maintains the position expressed in the Nicaragua Case judgment, that only acts attributable to a State can constitute an ‘armed attack’.
Financing; Fronting; Training camp; Death squad; Clandestine cell system; Leaderless resistance. Terrorist definition, a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.