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Monday, March 23, 2009 9:18 pm

Here’s a hint: Predator drones, while impressive, probably won’t do the job

Filed under: More fact-based arguing, please — Lex @ 9:18 pm
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How best do we end terrorism? Those wild-eyed liberals at the RAND Corporation looked into that, and here’s what they found:

The authors compiled and analyzed a data set of all terrorist groups between 1968 and 2006, drawn from a terrorism-incident database that RAND and the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism jointly oversee. …

Of the 648 groups that were active at some point between 1968 and 2006, a total of 268 ended during that period. Another 136 groups splintered, and 244 remained active. … The authors found that most ended for one of two reasons: They were penetrated and eliminated by local police and intelligence agencies (40 percent), or they reached a peaceful political accommodation with their government (43 percent). … In 10 percent of cases, terrorist groups ended because they achieved victory. Military force led to the end of terrorist groups in 7 percent of cases.

Military force hasn’t stopped al-Qaeda, nor, according to this study, is it likely to. So how ’bout we try something else?

(h/t: dday)


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