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30 Aug, 2011

Preventing violent extremism – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

While sitting on a beach as part of my annual August pilgrimage to the family homeland in New England, I normally try to avoid anything even remotely strenuous, either physically or mentally. It was thus against my better judgment that I acceded this year to the entreaties of several journalists of my acquaintance to examine a new bit of wisdom recently promulgated by the US federal government – a “national strategy” to counter the threat of domestic violent extremism in the US, delivered with scant public fanfare and entitled “Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism.”

As its title would suggest, this new national strategy document is a real yawner. Barely eight pages in length and published in large print, the document nonetheless was over a year in the making. For this jaded former government bureaucrat, it was easy to see why. This is the sort of exercise that no self-respecting public servant with actual work to do – for instance, catching real terrorists – wants to waste her time on.

via Preventing violent extremism – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.