Dr. Daniele Ganser. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your work focuses essentially on the strategy of the masked war. Can you explain this concept?
Dr. Daniele Ganser: A secret war, a covert war is a war where the attacker does not admit that he is attacking the target country. In 1961 for instance the CIA made an invasion of Cuba and tried to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. It was a secret operation, and therefore at the United Nations the US ambassador lied and said: We have nothing to do with this. Lire la suite »
Pr. Simon Petermann. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Were the Brussels terrorist attacks of this March 22nd predictable?
Professor Simon Petermann: Unfortunately, I think that these attacks were predictable. So far, Belgium is regarded by jihadists as a fallback basis with its huge Muslim population, mostly of North African origin (in Molenbeek a lot of Muslims are from the Rif region in Morocco), grouped or ghettoized in some areas of large cities (Brussels, Antwerp, etc.). A minority of youngsters, mostly born in Belgium, frustrated and resentful against our society for many reasons, are receptive to radical ideas. Lire la suite »
Professor Simon Petermann: « In Belgium, when we talk of some countries and Algeria, there is a kind of taboo »
Professor Simon Petermann. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: With the terrorist attacks that shook Paris and most of the perpetrators are Belgian origin, do not you think that Belgium has become a hub of terrorism in Europe and the world?
Prof. Simon Petermann: I hesitate to use the term « hub ». Belgium is undoubtedly a fallback area, because it is a small country that can readily cross with a fairly large North African community, and recent attacks that occurred in Paris and those which occurred also in Belgium show that indeed Belgium is somewhere a fallback area where jihadist cells are active. Lire la suite »