Lots to talk about this holiday season: USA, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Afghanistan, North Korea . . .
"If terrorists would only look, they’d see their savagery only brings out the best in people. They’re going to reap no converts nor cow them into submission to their cause"
Tragic terrorism in England. Compare that with the blue skies scudded with white wisps here and there, hay fever from all the many grasses and cottonwood trees, and the prediction of more dampening rain...and this during the local festival time!
While terrorism in the Middle East has spiked in recent years, there have been successes in combating terrorism elsewhere. One notable example is the ETA, the Basque separatist movement in Spain,which put down arms in 2011.
"If Al-Qaeda's objective was to destroy America, then it clearly failed. Yet if goal was to intimidate America and publicise the cause, it may be considered a success. Prof. Robert Pape finds that suicide attacks targeted at democracies tend to be more effective at influencing policy. Recent research by Eric Gould and Esteban Klor support this view."
So far the Spanish security forces have upstaged the terrorists. Still, one couldn’t help thinking realistically that no amount of beefed up security could stop a determined terrorist from carrying out his evil plans. . .
“We are all in this together and we are going to win. They can do us harm but they cannot beat us”
BLOG: Terrorism in the U.S.; NEWSBITS: Iranian sectarian differences and the U.S. forces; mystery man in Picasso’s “Blue Room”; Spain and the Security Council; Putin and Ukraine