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Fighting Terror with Terror Is Not the Answer

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Divisive rhetoric at home, lessens our victories against terror abroad…

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As military engagement is diminishing ISIS’ grasp in places like Iraq and Syria, it’s what’s going on in other parts of the world that might stand to embolden sympathizers of extremist ideology.

While ISIS might be losing at its base, its hard to say that we in the west are winning.
As tensions continue to mount over political differences based on a lack of true and in-depth understanding of the issues, fighting terror with terror has become prevalent.
But it is a tactic that is counterproductive and loses sight of what separates us from them- the value we place on life.

Until those emboldened by hyper political rhetoric and outright ignorance can see past their differences to work together, even though the enemy is losing we will never fully win.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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