Terror in the US & world at large (WAS: Re: [ RadSafe ] New Airport X-Rays Scan)

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 5 10:56:08 CST 2007

Thanks for the information.  I would recommend "Jihad
vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping
the World," (1996).


--- Steven Dapra <sjd at swcp.com> wrote:

> March 4
>          May I recommend "Dying to Win The Strategic
> Logic of Suicide 
> Terrorism," by Robert A. Pape (Random House, 2005).
>          According to the dust jacket, "Every
> suicide terrorist campaign 
> has had a clear goal that is secular and political:
> to compel a modern 
> democracy to withdraw military forces from the
> territory that the 
> terrorists view as their homeland."
>          Pape makes a strong case for this being
> true, (and not only among 
> Islamic terrorists).  On p. 243 he notes the
> increasing Muslim dislike of 
> the United States, and on p. 244 says, "The
> underlying reason is not 
> discontent with Western political or economic
> values, which are supported 
> by majorities or near majorities in these [three]
> countries.  Rather, the 
> taproot is American military policy.  Overwhelming
> majorities across a 
> range of Muslim countries believe that the United
> States conquered Iraq to 
> control its oil or to help Israel rather than to end
> terrorism or promote 
> democracy, and fear that their country might be
> next."  Pape provides 
> survey data to support these assertions.
>          See also p. 316, fn. 4 for a book Pape
> recommends that gives an 
> "extensive evaluation of the growing resentment of
> American policies in 
> numerous areas around the world."  (I have only read
> Pape, not the book he 
> recommends.)
>          The solution is not more people snooping
> through travelers' 
> luggage, not more Homeland "Security"/TSA goon
> squads, and not more x-ray 
> scanners operated by higher-paid inspectors.  It is
> to quit sticking our 
> national nose into everyone else's business.  Don't
> we have enough problems 
> at home to keep us busy?
>          Please read Pape's book before you start
> flaming me.  Thank 
> you.  If you don't have time to read it, please read
> five or more of the 38 
> reviews on Amazon.com, where it received 4 1/2
> stars.
> Steven Dapra
> sjd at swcp.com

“We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscient — that we are only 6 percent of the world’s population; that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind; that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity; and therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.”
-- John F. Kennedy 

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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