Terrorism was born and has been abroad in the Middle East for decades, only now it is under an Islamic umbrella. Before there was Islamist terrorism in the Middle East, there was Palestinian terrorism.
Of course, extremist Islam is a dimension of today’s turmoil that cries out for reform. But there is an element of truth to those who argue that it is not true Islam and that terrorism is a tactic. The Palestinians’ stated objective was a secular, democratic state. Underlying all these terrorist currents, whether secular or Islamic, is another dynamic – a power play to dominate their world. Understanding that provides a key to countering today’s terrorist brand.