Latest update: January 10th, 2013
Revolutionary fervor still sweeping the Middle East is plainly ongoing and perilously “contagious.” Above all, perhaps, these eruptions confirm that the so-called “Palestinian Problem” has never been more than a manipulated contrivance of corrupt Arab monarchies and dictatorships, and that Israel has had absolutely nothing to do with the region’s core problems. Indeed, to the contrary, this fervor reveals that if the Arabs had simply embraced rather than demonized Israel from the start – a fully rational and deserved embrace that would have been enthusiastically welcomed by all Israelis – the Arab states would have benefited politically, intellectually, medically, scientifically and materially.
Drawing upon these important hidden meanings of current revolutionary fervor in the “new” Middle East and North Africa, the essence of any capable counter-terrorist policy must soon begin to lie in the following critical awareness: Jihadist violence is never rooted in any conveniently fashionable political or revolutionary ideology, but rather in remorselessly vengeful images of irresistible religious obligation.Jihadist terror, as I have written here previously, is always a distinctly sacred form of religious sacrifice. Once this elusive concept can be understood, we will finally be able to deal intelligently and purposefully with emerging hazards of the region.
LOUIS RENÉ BERES (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) lectures and publishes widely on international law and international relations. He is the author of some of the earliest scholarly books and articles on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism. Professor of Political Science and International Law at Purdue, Dr. Beres was born in Zürich, Switzerland, on August 31, 1945. He is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.
About the Author: Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is professor of political science and international law at Purdue University and the author of many books and articles dealing with international relations and strategic studies.
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