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World must target terrorism’s roots
By MEGAN SCULLY, AMMAN
April 27, 2004
World leaders must look beyond merely tracking down terrorists and begin to understand the roots of terrorism, said His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Political issues, particularly the escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, must be solved to prevent violent extremism from spreading, the King said April 26 at the Defense News SOFEX Conference here, an official event of SOFEX Jordan.
“Most people in this area will tell their colleagues ” that the root causes of terrorism here is a political issue,” the King said at the conference. “And all of us in the Middle East will point out that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the main causes that create extremism and terrorism.”
The conference, “Special Operations in Modern Warfare and Home Defense,” was supported by the Jordan Armed Forces, sponsored by Lockheed Martin and produced by Defense News Media Group.
“We have to solve the problems that create the extremists and terrorists,” the King said. “Once we solve those, shutting down the recruiters, shutting down the extremists and their platforms, then we will have a better and safer world.”
During the conference’s opening speech, the King also urged international cooperation, particularly among special operations forces. Allied nations must “reach out to each other more” and share information, techniques and capabilities with other militaries in the fight against terrorism, the King said.
As the world’s militaries move away from conventional tank-on-tank warfare to confront less traditional and unpredictable enemies, “special forces, special operations are going to be expected to take more and more of the responsibility for ensuring the safety” of the world, the King said.
Most militaries direct roughly 1 percent to 4 percent of their manpower and budgets to special operations forces, but 90 percent of future operational requirements will demand special operations skills and capabilities.
“Money spent on those units is money well spent,” the King said. “Special forces, special operations are going to be on the cutting edge of the militaries for the foreseeable future.”
The King said world leaders have made recent strides in preventing terrorism.
“Two years ago when we were here, I said the bad guys were organized and the good guys were not,” the King said. “I believe we have come a long way in the past two or three years. I believe there is still a long way to go.”