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The Costs of Violence   - Masters of Mankind :  Information Clearing House - ICH

The Costs of Violence   - Masters of Mankind :  Information Clearing House - ICH

No doubt
right now U.S. strategists are seeking ways to
murder the “Caliph of the Islamic State” Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi, who is a bitter rival of al-Qaeda
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The likely result of this
achievement is forecast by the prominent terrorism
scholar Bruce Hoffman, senior fellow at the U.S.
Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center. He
predicts that “al-Baghdadi’s death would likely pave
the way for a rapprochement [with al-Qaeda]
producing a combined terrorist force unprecedented
in scope, size, ambition and resources.”


Polk cites
a treatise on warfare by Henry Jomini, influenced by
Napoleon’s defeat at the hands of Spanish
guerrillas, that became a textbook for generations
of cadets at the West Point military academy. Jomini
observed that such interventions by ma…