Cold War Tactics Might Not Work Now
Monday, September 14, 2009 5:46 PM - By: Tawfik Hamid
I was recently invited to speak to the 19th Economic Forum that was held in Krynica, Poland on Sept. 9-12. The topic was “Lessons of the Cold War for the War on Terror”.
A summary of the points that I discussed is below:
It is vital to realize that if some strategies or tactics succeeded in the cold war, this does not necessarily mean that they will succeed in dealing with radical Islam (A key that opened one room cannot necessarily open another). This is partially due to the difference in cultural and ideological factors between the two cases. Special strategies need to be created to deal with radical Islam.
The main differences between communism and Islamism must be understood, as this affects the way we deal with the latter. Communism is an economically-based model while Islamic radicalism is a religiously-based one.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad." He was a former associate of Dr. al-Zawahiri (second in command of al-Qaida) and currently he is a reformer of Islam. To know more about Hamid please visit www.tawfikhamid.com. Hamid's writings in this blog represent only his thoughts and not the views of the institute where he works.
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