Former Israeli Prime Minister and current leader of the opposition Likud Party, Benjamin Netanyahu has had a long history in the study of and struggle against terrorism. He was a moving force behind the Jonathan Institute, which in 1979 organized an international conference against terrorism. Netanyahu provides a compelling understanding of the roots, ideology and actions of terror, and also provides details to how it can be combated. He gets to the heart of what terrorism is, and how it differs from other types of violence. "Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic assault on civilians to inspire fear for political ends". Netanyahu illustrates how terrorism differs from organized crime. Organized crime is carried out for the purpose of financial gain, while terrorism is carried out for political ends.
While gangsters kill only those who they need to kill, usually other gangsters, terrorists aim to sow fear in the society, and aim to terrorize, murder and maim people in the society under target, often the most vulnerable such as old people, women and children. Netanyahu disproves and attacks the evil propaganda of those who romanticize terrorists as fighters for freedom. On the contrary terrorists are anti-democratic and totalitarian to the core, aiming to use pluralism and democracy to destroy pluralism and democracy. Terrrorists are the forerunners of tyranny. Nothing justifies terrorism. Terrorism is evil per se. Netanyahu outlines the history of Arab and international terror, covering the links between Arab terror and other international terrorist organizations, including Marxist and Neo-Nazi terror groups. In the early 1980s a Neo-Nazi terror network, organized by West German radicals Walter Hexel and Odfried Hepp renounced the traditional Nazi hostility towards Soviet Communism, identifying "American imperialism" as the occupying force from which West Germany had to be liberated by a renewed Nazism. The Hexel and Hepp Neo-Nazi group was financed and armed by the Soviet Union, and trained by the Soviet-backed PLO in Lebanon. It carried out attacks in collusion with Abu Abba's Palestine Liberation Front. Netanyahu details the terror of the Soviet-PLO Axis. The Soviet sponsorship of terror is today continued by such terror states as North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Iran. The author also outlines the sponsorship by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein of international terrorism hosting in Baghdad such terrorist groups as the Abu Nidal organization, Abul Abba's Palestine Liberation Front, and the organization of the notorious bomb maker Abu Ibrahim. Yasser Arafat's PLO had an extensive network in Kuwait, and provided Saddam with important intelligence work in preparing for the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. PLO terrorists joined Iraqi troops after the invasion in a spree of terror, mass murder and rape against the Kuwaiti people after the invasion. Netanyahu also covers the PLO strategy to destroy Israel through any means possible, and how they see the establishment of a Palestinian State in part of the Land of Israel, as a step to the complete destruction of Israel and it's replacement by an Arab Moslem State. The PLO, during the Oslo Process of the 1990s, stated again and again their goal of using Oslo to comletely destroy Israel vowing "With blood, fire and sweat we will liberate all of Palestine and it's capital Jerusalem". He saw the danger of a Holocaust by a nuclear Iran already in the 1990s and proposes action of sanctions and isolation, and if this fails millitary action to stop genocidal regimes like Iran gaining nuclear weapons. He points out that while all nuclear proliferation is bad, it is far more dangerous in genocidal and totalitarian terror states than in liberal democracies, the latter of which are unlikely to ever use their nuclear arms.
He also gives a valuable outline of how the western democracies can fight and ultimately defeat the scourge of international terror and the states that sponsor and support it.
While there are some things I disagree with Netanyahu about (I don't like his attitude to social welfare in Israel), on the subject of terrorism and how to combat the scourge, he is spot on!
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