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ALL EXTREMES ARE DANGEROUS
Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, said to the extremist groups rioting in Virginia: 'GO HOME'.
https://youtu.be/DLvq9jeTFWE
Thank you, governor. With a weak, detached government in the White House, it was necessary for us to hear McAuliffe's words.
The wave of terror in Argentina began with a weak government, a leadership vacuum, divisiveness, anger and willfulness. 
All extremes are dangerous - What is good, and real and true will be found somewhere in the centre.
Today there was an attack in Barcelona. Thirteen people were killed, as far as we know, and hundreds were injured. 
For what?
Extremism of every kind still rules in the streets. Anywhere you go, you become a target.
If this doesn't stop, there will be carnage, just as we had during the constitutional government of Isabel Perón in the 1970s. It was the army that went out to stop the terrorists, and we ended up with  6,348 disappeared under state terror, and 17,000 dead and injured by the …
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FEMALE WARRIORS ➞ WHAT MOTIVATES THEM?
News reports say that, around 20 young women have joined ISIL as wives and fighters. Some experts think this is a result of savvy recruiting techniques by members of the caliphate.

The female terrorists in Argentina were ferocious. Many were cell leaders, some led attacks on the military, the police, and the public. They were extremely active. These young women were not there to have babies, but to kill as many as possible, for the survival of the marxist cause.
There is something to say for the recruiters. A few years ago I met a woman who'd been a militant in the 70s. When I told her I was writing a book, she agreed to talk about the old days, in confidence. Her first words to me were: "I am not proud of what I did."
But as she remembered her comrades, I could see how intense, how involved and proud she became. 
She's still impressed, I thought.
I wonder whether this steadfast enthusiasm has to do with the way she was recruited--whe…
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GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG The Omar Khadr Debacle
Omar Khadr was born in Canada in 1986. His family took him to Afghanistan while still a child. While in Afghanistan, Omar was trained as a fighter. 

Eventually Omar was involved in an attack on U.S. troops and was caught. He was accused of lobbing the grenade that killed Christopher Speer of Delta Force, and taken to Guantánamo Bay. Omar was 15.

Omar was detained for 10 years, and is the first person since World War II to be prosecuted in a military commission for war crimes committed while still a minor. 




Colin Perkel/Canadian Press
While in prison, he was questioned by Canadian officials who failed to apply Canadian standards for the treatment of detained youth suspects.

Under a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada, Khadr was repatriated in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canadian custody.

He appealed his conviction, and won an out-of-court settlement of $10 million. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire f…
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CHILDREN WILL OBEY
There is a formidable report on the BBC website today by Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati about the secret lives of IS fighters. The journalists found the youths dead by the Tigris river while on tour with Iraqi police special forces.
The journalists say that the dead IS fighters had started out while they were still children. 
The report is incredibly detailed, and deeply moving. The photos are harrowing.
The story took me back to Argentina in the seventies when ten high school students joined a campaign to recover the student discount on the public transportation system. The students were arrested, beaten, abused. Four survived. The others disappeared.



In the fifties, Evita Perón proclaimed, "Get them while they're young." In the seventies, Montoneros, recruited young people to carry out jobs such as delivering messages, and recruiting people for the cause. When the coup d'état came, and the generals went out to stop the terror, those kids paid with…
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A NEW WAY TO WAGE WAR ... (with extreme ability)
A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month. Military sourcestold Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaperthat the gunman is a member of Joint Task Force 2, and made the shot from a high-rise building.
It took the bullet almost 10 seconds to hit its target, it reports. photo: The Globe and Mail Could this be the "safer" way to kill?  (I can't believe I'm thinking like this.) In other words, could this be safer for the innocents who happen to be near the target? We know that the drones, missiles and other bombs kill a lot of people who have nothing to do with our war. The sniper hit one person, and other lives were spared.
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TOO MANY VICTIMS (Cont'd)
How quickly reverse terrorism sprouted. The attacks on Muslims in London says it all:

Ignorance, anger, frustration ... in this case, revenge is served sizzling hot.

It's stupid. It's useless. 

But what a great boost for the terror cells, their leadership and those who wish to do us harm. 

That idiot who ran people over in London because, "something has to be done about Muslims," has just given the bad guys cause to rejoice.





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TOO MANY VICTIMS
The public is calling for more action to prevent terrorist attacks. Theresa May has said that the time for political correctness is over.
Dominic Casciani, on the BBC website quotes the British prime minister: "And if our human rights laws get in the way of doing it, we will change the law so we can do it."
How much can governments do?
Each country will tighten its laws according to the level of fear and the need to do the right thing, but--
What is the right thing?


Xavier Thomas was found floating in the Thames. Photo BBC website
The victims and their families clamour for stricter rules, more safety measures, while the authorities are all tied up in regulations, never mind the politicians who cannot be seen as dictators and fascists.

UK counter terrorism unit. Photo: BBC website

When terrorism raged in Argentina, the armed forces declared martial law and arrested anyone who seemed involved with the insurgency. The result was a chaotic, lawless system that produced …