About five years ago Osama Bin Laden was killed. It was a propaganda stunt. His death hardly influenced the actions of Al Qaeda. A new leader was chosen and the organisation became more active in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Mali and other countries. Killing terrorist leaders is mostly not effective. Another leader has often more effective ideas.
Al Qaeda is not a centralised organisation, the top advances ideas how to fight. Most actions are carried out by that do not have much contact with the top. The removal of leaders only leads to more independent action groups with new leaders who have slightly different ideas than Osama.
Terrorist groups are not like our a society that is controlled by the 1%. But even in our society we must not kill the 1% but pressure them so they cannot use their money and power for their own benefit.
Terrorist organisations are sometimes strictly organised. When the top is eliminated, the groups remain active on ideas that rich Western countries suppress the 99% in the rest of the world. Military power cannot combat ideas. Western leaders should have learned that from the anticolonial struggles in the last century. Despite many killed leaders the struggle continued. But the West still uses military power against new anti-colonial uprisings despite the negative results in the past.
Wars against terrorism do not solve the reasons why terrorism exists, the existence of a 1%, the poverty and misery of the 99%, the dominating and controlling policy of the rich West and the support of rich, egoistic and often cruel presidents, etc.
In all these wars only the 99% suffer. Terrorist organisations use the same military ideas as the oppressors. In big actions only the 99% are damaged. The military wars continue and solutions remain far away. Still new 99% join the military war between terrorists and Western states and still more 99% die. The 1% and their rich political servants remain undisturbed and continue to dominate the world for their own benefit.
For real change attacks should be directed at the 1% who control all states. The military ideas of terrorist leaders kill rank and file soldiers (the 99%) and hardly attack the generals or the leaders (the 1%). They do not use more or less independent Autonomous Groups.
Terrorist wars are still wars between two armies. Actions of the 1% army and the terrorist army are carried out by soldiers who belong to the 99%. Pressuring leaders undermines the strength of the Western army but hardly has effect against a terrorist army that is more a guerrilla. When the basic ideas about the difference between the 1% and the 99% are not solved, the wars continue.
To get a world without a 1% we need to attack the 1%. We need Autonomous Clubs that fight because of a very simple idea, when the 1% is not pressured we never get a better world. Otherwise terrorism that hurts the 99% will continue.
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