James Edward Johnson

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Incentivizing terror …

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Evelyn Gordon over at Commentary has a compelling lesson for ineffective resistance groups:

They haven’t yet grasped what the perceptive Palestinians realized four decades ago: if you want the West to help you achieve your goals, you have to attack the West directly.

Via Commentary – Mohammed Oudeh’s Lesson: Attacking the West Pays

That is why America (and more so, Europe) needs to have a more comprehensive strategy for dealing with groups that have grievances against other parties.  We need to seek recourse for oppressed groups that make just claims.  But, once an active component of that group resorts to terrorism against us and our interests, we must de-escalate our pursuit of justice for them in favor of claimants that have not engaged in such barbarism.

So, let’s start with the Kurds.  They are probably the largest stateless people.  They are quasi-independent in Iraq.  Turkey has been waging a diplomatic war against us already.  And, Iran deserves to have us support the Kurds.  Let’s not help the PKK in particular, but there are other more moderate groups … Is there any people more deserving of our help?  Is there any people that we could help that would more clearly demonstrate a realignment of our strategy?


Written by JamesEJ

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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