Inside Story of NATO, Churchill's Iron Curtain
Beichman, Arnold, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
It used to be that aggression was a problem with aggressor nations - Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq. No more. The aggressions that have concerned us the last two decades are almost all within nation-states - Nigeria and Biafra, Rwanda and Burundi, Yugoslavia and Kosovo, Spain and the Basque ETA, France and Corsica, Indonesia, East Timor and Acheh, Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers, Russia and Chechnya, Muslim Sudan and the Christian south. And there's more to come in the age of the mini-state.
In Rebels With a Cause: The Minds and Morality of Political Offenders (Westview Press, $35, 448 pages), Nicholas N. Kittrie, one of the world's leading authorities on internal violence, has done a monumental job in analyzing the sanguinary battles of rebels, revolutionaries and dissidents against existing governments. He estimates that almost half of the 190 or so countries in the world are trapped by ethnic, tribal, clannish and racial antagonisms, and the eternal problem of defining a "just cause." Mr. Kittrie presents a "Bill of Rights for Just Governance and Just Resistance" which he believes would, if adopted, lessen what he calls "political criminality," terrorism and …
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Publication information: Article title: Inside Story of NATO, Churchill's Iron Curtain. Contributors: Beichman, Arnold - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: December 26, 1999. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.