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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Terrorism's New Face - Requires New US Strategy

I keep hearing people talk about a military solution to terrorism. That conventional wisdom died in the London bombing.

London proves that we won't defeat terrorism with armies when the bomber is someone living as a citizen in London or Paris or New York, etc. with not so much as a traffic ticket on their record.

Never before has there been a suicide bomber in Europe. This is incredible. Even the Irish IRA avoided subways in their bombings.

It's clear that we have entered a new era and we need people capable of thinking outside the box on a national/global level to deal with these complex, 21st century issues.

Despite the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and terrorist bombings of U.S. targets in 1996 (troops in Saudi), 1998 (US Embassies in Africa) and 2000 (USS Cole) --all before 9 11-- Mr. DeLay never introduced legislation ordering the FBI, CIA and immigration to work together and share information on global suspects coming to the U.S.

In 1994, I produced a TV video which aired in Houston. My guest on the program was Dr. Ron Hatchett, a weapons expert from the Reagan administration. The program was entitled: "Potential Terrorism in the U.S."

No one listened...

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