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Book Title: Уроците на терора|
Date of issue: 2002
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The author of the book: Caleb Carr
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Read full description of the books Уроците на терора:Caleb Carr's analysis of the workings of terrorism, which he wrote after the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan but before the invasion of Iraq, is clear, well organized, and compelling. He makes an eloquent case for seeing terrorism as counterproductive as well as immoral, whether practiced by groups like Al Qaeda or by nations either in the course of fighting wars or in the ways the CIA and KGB have used it at times. The book explains the idea of limited war, as seen in actions that attack only military targets and/or the political leaders of the enemy, and offers examples like Frederick the Great, who fought a number of wars with minimal military casualties (on either side) and even fewer civilians killed or wounded; that king achieved these results by relying on maneuvering his opponents into positions from which they could see that Frederick was sure to win if pitched battles were fought, leading them to surrender. As Carr points out, this is basically the approach described by Sun Tzu in The Art of War and by Liddell Hart in Strategy.
Studying the practices and results of strategies based on terrorizing enemies, with examples from groups like Al Qaeda and the PLO to insurgencies to regular military forces targeting civilians, he points out that these methods end up generating hostility and stiffer resistance rather than intimidated surrender.
I'd have given this book five stars except for a significant point I believe the author got wrong. He states categorically that an international terrorist group like Al Qaeda cannot exist or function without a host government somewhere providing support, i.e. sanctuary, training, weapons, and funding. That view is in error - terrorist groups are also able to base themselves and function in and from failed states, governments lacking the strength to prevent the terrorists from using their nations' territories for havens and training and obtaining funding from many sources including individual supporters around the world. The last few decades have seen this happening in places like Somalia, Afghanistan, and potentially in Iraq if its government can't control its territories, borders, and people once the U.S. military and other foreign forces leave.
Still, this is a very worthwhile read for anyone interested in these issues.
Read information about the authorCaleb Carr is an American novelist and military historian. The son of Lucien Carr, a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure, he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side. He attended Kenyon College and New York University, earning a B.A. in military and diplomatic history. He is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and writes frequently on military and political affairs.
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