The Challenge of Intelligence Assessment Regarding International Terrorist Organizations

[Institute for Contemporary Affairs/Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs] Shabtai Shavit - Will a nuclear Iran be pragmatic or messianic? Any intelligence officer would recommend that the state should prepare for the worst-case scenario and not for any lesser eventuality. Should fighting terrorism be based on reaction or on pre-emption? Since there is an ongoing war, since the threat is permanent, since the intention of the enemy in this case is to annihilate you, the right doctrine is one of pre-emption and not of reaction. What is the point even morally to wait and only do something when he comes to attack? The writer was former head of the Mossad (1989-1996).

2007-11-12 01:00:00

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