This is the score that our method would assign to the New York Times
1. I am not sure that a centralized command structure is a necessary prerequisite in an enemy for a succesful military action. The American Indian wars come to mind as a counter example, so do a variety of guerrilla wars that were successfully prosecuted, not to mention the subjugation of non-centralized peoples by military force.
Seems to me that the essential differences between military action and law enforcement are (1) the ferocity of the action (wars see killing as a legitimate use of force to make the enemy do what you want, law enforcement generally does not) and (2) the designation of the opponent — in war it is by broad class — «all enemy combatants»– or even location –» all ships that enter the prohibited zone will be torpedoed»bined these add an element of pre-emption, a enemy soldier can be killed because of the possibility he will cause harm.
I must admit to a disquieting and unwelcome thought that I seem to be coming to. That is, that this may principally be a religious war , at least on the other side. We like to view the terrorists as wild eyed fanatics, unrepresentative of Islam. My reading of the Koran suggests that they are closer to their religous scripture than we are prepared to accept. In any event, when combined with 30 years of mind poisoning propaganda and a largely uneducated populace, I think this conflict has greater religious impetus than we like to comprehend.
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It is worth noting that the increased moderation of both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia appears to be more the result of nearby successful application of overhelming military force and a crackdown on religous zeal, than it is of more traditional policial and economic change.
I to not believe this study’s conclusions are valid because I dispute its methods. (más…)