Terrorism

Islamist terrorism: Time for something new

Jun 06, 2017
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Paul H. Chapin

Six Islamist attacks in Europe so far this year: one in Sweden, two in France, and three in Britain. The attacks in Britain have killed 34 and injured 157, and have shaken the people’s confidence in their government — on the very eve of general elections. The Prime Minister has declared “Enough is enough”, but the new measures she has

What to do about the barbarians? Eight statements of the obvious

Jul 23, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

Barbarians at the gates? They’re already in the town square. How could this be? The Western democracies possess the most sophisticated intelligence gathering systems, multi-layered defences, and formidable military power ever devised. Yet their responses so far have had as much impact on the violence as a rain dance on the weather. Since nothing in history has prepared democratic states

The Threat from Within

Apr 09, 2016
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Kurt F. Jensen

Myths, uncertainties, confusion, and ideologically-tainted views surround the question of what constitutes radicalization and terrorism in the West.  An excellent primer on the factors which contribute to, and are sometimes present within, those who have taken the path to Al Qaeda-inspired radicalization is The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West by Phil Gurski. Gurski

The reality behind Obama’s nuclear disarmament plan

Mar 31, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

In 2009, the newly-elected president of the United States committed “to seek the peace and security of the world without nuclear weapons”. For his vision, the folks in Oslo gave him the Nobel Peace Prize. The following year, Obama arranged for world leaders to come to Washington for his first “nuclear summit”, where he basked in international applause for the

Better never than late?

Jan 12, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

President Obama is taking additional measures to combat Islamist terrorism, without of course calling it that. First, the White House has announced the creation of a task force charged with “Countering Violent Extremism” in the United States.  The group is to headed by the departments of Homeland Security and Justice and will include representatives from 11 departments and agencies. The

What is Trump actually proposing and why?

Dec 09, 2015
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The Vimy Report

Donald Trump’s proposal on Muslim immigration has been denounced just about everywhere, its author the object of some of the most scurrilous ad homimen attacks directed at any public person in recent memory. As usual, the mainstream media has led the pack — while carefully avoiding repeating what Trump has actually proposed or providing any explanation of why he might

Britain is also at war

Dec 06, 2015
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The Vimy Report

A week after the ISIL attacks in Paris on November 13 , British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President François Hollande for what was described as a “war summit”. The following week, the British government tabled in Parliament its comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIL, including the extension of British military operations to Syria. The Vimy Report provides

ISIL — Good thing the UN Security Council is there to condemn it

Nov 23, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On November 20, the UN Security Council “determined” that the Islamic State (ISIL) constitutes an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security; and it called on Member States to take “all necessary measures … to prevent and suppress ISIL’s terrorist acts”.  Resolution 2249 (2015), which “reaffirmed” 14 other previous resolutions on the same or related subjects, was originally sponsored by

France is at war

Nov 18, 2015
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The Vimy Report

The speech by President François Hollande of France on November 16 is one that ranks with President George W. Bush’s post-9/11 address to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001. Rarely have two statesmen so ill-inclined to be wartime leaders displayed such insight into their times and such resolve to master the enormous tasks they face. Regretably, Hollande’s

Foreign Fighters Becoming Disillusioned with ISIS

Apr 09, 2015
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The Vimy Report

Over the last couple of months, there have been reports of foreign fighters defecting from ISIS and trying to return home. A principal reason for their disillusionment appears to be the realization that ISIS is not the noble cause they signed up for. British, French and Dutch news outlets have all carried stories of their nationals becoming disenchanted with the