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The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism Hardcover – August 1, 2012

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“Whether we like it or not and whether we want it or not, the United States and the other countries of the West are engaged in several ‘wars of all the people.’ These undeclared wars can compel radical and unwanted political-economic-social change, and even if that compulsion is generally indirect and not as lethal as conventional maneuver war, that does not alter the cruel reality of compulsion. Rationality dictates that it is time to take seriously the evidence and analysis that Jon Perdue presents.”—Max G. Manwaring, professor of military strategy, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
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“From the Middle East to Latin America, much of the conflict and subversion that threaten the West today is the direct result of many decades of collaboration and training by the former Soviet Union and its allies. Many of us who defected from Soviet espionage agencies tried to warn the West, but far too often we were ignored. In this long-overdue investigation into the history of this collaboration, Jon Perdue reveals the vast number of these connections that still operate today. This essential analysis belongs in the library of all counterterrorism and security professionals.”—Evgueni K. Novikov, former KGB agent and author of Rethinking the Reset Button
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“Developments south of our border increasingly threaten American security, and none more so than the growing alliance there between Latin American extremists and the forces of radical Islam. In The War of All the People, Jon Perdue sheds light on this sinister synergy, and on the doctrine of “peripheral warfare” embraced by regional leaders like Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro that has made it possible. In doing so, he lays bare the dangers now facing the United States in its own hemisphere.”—Ilan Berman, vice president, American Foreign Policy Council
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About the Author

JON B. PERDUE is the director of Latin America programs at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. In this capacity he travels extensively throughout Latin America, lecturing at universities and think tanks (in English and Spanish) and participating in conferences that bring together Latin America scholars and policymakers. His articles on Latin America and U.S. security issues have been widely published in Latin America and the United States. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597977047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597977043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon B. Perdue is the author of The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism, published by Potomac Books in August 2012. Mr. Perdue was also the editor and wrote the foreword to the book Rethinking the Reset Button: Understanding Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy by former Soviet Central Committee member and defector Evgueni Novikov. He also contributed a chapter to the book Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America (Lexington Books, 2014).

Perdue also serves as an instructor and lecturer on peripheral asymmetric warfare, strategic communication and counterterrorism strategy. He is credited with coining the term "preclusionary engagement," a strategy of counterterrorism that focuses on combined, small-unit operations that can be conducted with a much smaller footprint prior to or in the early stages of conflict against a threatening enemy, in order to preclude the necessity of much larger operations, which are far more difficult in terms of costs and casualties, once the conflict has escalated due to the lack of a forceful resistance.

Mr. Perdue's articles have been published in the Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, the Miami Herald, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of newspapers in Latin America. Perdue served as an international election observer in the historic elections in Honduras in 2009 and as an expert witness in a precedent-setting human rights trial in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in 2010. He has served as a security analyst for NTN24, a Latin America-based satellite news channel, and CCTV, a 24 hour English-language news channel based in China.

For most of the past decade Mr. Perdue has served as the Director of Latin America programs for the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC, and as a Senior Fellow for the Center for a Secure Free Society. He also serves on the boards of the Americas Forum in Washington, DC and the Fundacion Democracia y Mercado in Santiago, Chile. He has worked unofficially on three presidential campaigns, contributing foreign policy and counterterrorism policy advice.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jmhumire on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Many of us have tried to understand why is it that large military superpowers lose wars against smaller, "weaker" adversaries? The answer is because the center of gravity is no longer military power, but rather public opinion, in which words, images, and ideas supersede bombs and bullets.

No one understands this better than Jon Perdue, who has authored a centerpiece in the "war of ideas", the "war of words" and the asymmetric, peripheral "war of all the people." Every chapter is thoroughly researched and presents quite a bit of information for us to digest. Examining old East German Stazi files, looking into unclassified Cold War KGB files, and a comprehensive history of how 21st century socialism came to bear in Latin America, Jon Perdue has made the job of security and defense analysts much easier.

Given that the only type of war the U.S. has ever lost, is a 4th generation asymmetric war, it behoves our military to take this book seriously. It should be on the reading list of the U.S. Department of Defense, so that our military commanders can understand the new rules for an old type of warfare, and examine an increasing threat to the west -- the nexus of Hugo Chavez's bolivarian revolution and Iran's islamic revolution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Tomlinson on August 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was in DC during the time that there was a battle royale over whether the Soviets were sponsoring terrorist groups or not (mostly during the 1980s, or the Reagan administration). This portion of the book made me want to write a review.

This is the first book that I've read that looks at the newly recovered evidence that has come out of the reconstructed Stasi archives, and shows how wrongheaded many of the establishment foreign policy "experts" were back then - and still are. All of the same actors that are today saying that the war on terror is either over or overblown were back then scoffing at the notion that the Soviets were sponsoring international terrorism. I doubt that many of them will take the time to read the actual documents that are coming out of the East German files.

This book also does a good job of laying out the process that is taking place in the socialist countries of Latin America and the ones that are now being run by the Muslim Brotherhood or its allies. The author introduces a term that I had not heard before, democradura, which is what people like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad use to get into power by election, and then use their power to destroy democracy and stay in power as long as they wish. Just a week ago, a story came out about Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi prosecuting a journalist for "defaming" him. So it looks like Egypt is wasting no time in heading down the same path.

The other part that struck me was the amount of "syncretism" between radical groups on the far left and what Europe calls the far right (not like US Republicans or Libertarians, but actual neo-Nazis and fascists). It is amazing how the ideologies have shifted to now accommodate those of the Islamists.
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This book explores in a very detailed and heavily documented fashion the existing nexus between Latin American leftist caudillos, such as Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, and Middle-Eastern extremist groups. Mr. Perdue defies the traditional view that extremist groups only work together with those they feel are ideologically close to them, and builds his case using an extensive list of sources, condensed in a 29-page long list of endnotes at the end of the book.

The book is divided into 4 Parts. Part 1 serves as an introduction to the history of collaboration between leftist totalitarian regimes and disparate terrorist groups, exploring how the defunct Soviet Union funded terrorist groups across the globe, without giving much importance to those groups ideological affinity to Communism - their only demand was for those groups to be anti-American-, and how the Western intelligence community failed to recognize this threat, until the fall of the Iron Curtain unveiled the KGB files for the world to see.

Part 2 explores how the far-right and far-left can converge in their hatred of the principles of freedom and rule-of-law that America represents, disregarding their ideological differences towards their goal of destroying their mutual enemy.

Part 3 shows how the Latin American leftist totalitarian regimes (i.e.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fausta Wertz on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jon B. Perdue, director of the Latin American program at the Fund for American Studies, has written THE must-read book about our hemisphere, The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism.

The book arrived yesterday, and I read part I, A Brief History of Terror Collaboration, in one sitting. It is that good.

The title refers to Hugo Chavez's name for his war on U.S. "imperialism", an ideological and political, violent war involving Iran, terrorist organizations from around the world, and drug money. For instance (page 52),
<em>"The agreement between the Montoneros and the PLO had a clandestine aspect. When the PLO split and Fatah was formed, the new militant wing offerred the Montoneros training camps in Lebanon, military instructors, and heavy weaponry in exchange for the installation in southern Lebanon of a plastic explosives laboratory that had been developed by a Montonero with a PhD in chemical engineering. In Madrid in June 1978, Montonero comandante Horacio Mendizabal confirmed to reporters that a portable Montonero explosives unit had been set up in Lebanon for Fatah. And according to France's intelligence service Deuxième Bureau, the 1983 bombing in Beirut that killed 299 U.S. and French servicemen was carried out with the explosives technology developed by the Montoneros."</em>

Jon Perdue is not "connecting the dots"; instead, every connection, every fact, is thoroughly researched and well-documented in 30 pages of footnotes.

This is the most informative book on terrorism I have read since Andrew McCarthy's Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. Buy it, read it, recommend it.
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