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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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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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An excellent book on the dangers of Asymmetrical Warfare to the free world, and the urgent necessity to adopt a Counterinsurgency approach to the Fourth Generation War.Published 9 months ago by joe molina
Even in the post-Chavez era, Jon B. Perdue's "The War of All the People" continues to prove both timely and extremely important. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Daniel Yonker
Great book! This review does a better job of explaining what this book is about than I could. It was published in American Diplomacy magazine. The link is here. [... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Ezequiel Vazquez
This book is an important review off the activities of those leaders in Latin America who are enemies of freedom and their work to try and subjugate their people and challenge the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by MR
The War of the People calls much needed attention to the strong ties between the international left and radical Islam, a strategic partnership that has waged war against U.S. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by J.D. Gordon