NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR NOTE COUNTERRORISM LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIA’S DEFEAT OF RADICAL ISLAMISTS IN SOMALIA

February 8, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In a commentary published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law note the counterterrorism lessons that Israel—and the United States—might glean from Ethiopia’s recent defeat of radical Islamists in Somalia.

According to the authors, those lessons include: “First: decisive unilateral pre-emption works… Second: there is no substitute for ‘boots on the ground.’... Third, when you fight, don’t tie one hand behind your back… Fourth, an enemy cannot be destroyed unless its avenues of escape are sealed… Fifth, strike while the iron is hot.”

The article by the two professors, “As It Turns Out, Preemption Works,” can be accessed online by clicking here.