Friday, September 4, 2009

Dr Jonathan Fine @ Carlton University Sept 10/09


I was very fortunate to hear Dr Jonathan Fine speak in Calgary this past Wednesday night at the JCC. His 'Contrasting Secular and Religious Terrorism' lecture is well researched and described very clearly how secular terrorism, with an anti-colonial or separatist agenda differs greatly from the "No Negotiations, No Dialogue" suicide bomber attacks supporting an Islamic agenda.

This deep idealogical commitment goes beyond simply "resisting occupation" and is only one limited stage in a much larger scheme for a new world order. This is evident in a vision of a wide Shi‘i crescent extending from Iran through Iraq and linking up with Lebanon, or in Al-Qaeda's dream, of a new Islamic caliphate stretching from Spain in the west to Iraq in the east and eventually including Southeast Asia and Europe.

Dr. Fine is a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and a lecturer at the Lauder School of Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, both in Herzylia, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Fine has an extensive CV, and has lectured on many other relevant subjects, including to the Israeli Boarder Police, Platoon Commanding course: "From kindergarten to the Garden of Eden – The Use of Children in Terrorist & Guerrilla Organizations".

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