I have seen Gen Michael Hayden (Ex dir of both NSA and CIA) talk on a few occasions. He was recently on Real Time With Bill Maher and I must admit the man seems credible, at least his views in retirement have some ring of truth. Though a smattering of politics remains in saying that US forces would not carry out illegal orders, Machiavellian career officers did willfully and will do again IMHO,
I have little doubt of what he says however I used to work as a civilian contractor for the UK police at HQ level. A slight inside track gives me hope as at least my county's constabulary were more stoic and intelligent than I would have (perhaps cynically) assumed. I grew up in Rep. of Ireland throughout all the fun stuff, I know how my parent's generation successfully kept those with low impulse control from breaching the Rep/NI bomb quarantine. Smart men, working quietly.
It will be at least interesting (tragic) to see how the European/Russian/Arab/US oligarchs play this out. How much will be too much for them... But I suspect the West is going to play the slow and certain game mopping this up without excessive drama. We don't function so well at at a pan European level but it should be sufficient.
Last edited by Rory; March 25th, 2016 at 12:06 PM.
The root cause of Islamic terrorism is, in my view, rooted in the belief system held by extremists. I saw a video of an Islamic hate preacher who was teaching jihad in a street to kids no older than 6 ot 7 years of age. He was later in the video confronted by another guy about it.
So if we assume that a percentage of Islamic extremists are brainwashed into hating since childhood there's a real problem which is difficult to curb unless this kind of root cause is dealt with.
The original video has been taken off YouTube but when I find a copy I will post it here.
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