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The International Anti-Terrorist Coalition Was Created 15 Years Ago, But Who Remembers It?

The fight against terrorism has turned into another bureaucratic operation benefiting the participants without solving the problem


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The author is Chief Analyst of the Russian National Anti-Criminal and Anti-Terrorist Foundation, a veteran of KGB foreign intelligence.


Every time I hear people saying that we need to combine our forces to overcome another wave of international terrorism, I think, “How easily people forget!”?  The world has been at war with terrorism for fifteen years. On September 28, 2001 the Security Council adopted Resolution 1373, leading to the creation of a Counter-Terrorism Committee.

At that moment, following the attack on September 11, 2001, the world declared war against terrorism, with the cry: “Counter-terrorists of the world, unite!” “Only together can we defeat terrorism”. That was fifteen years ago.

In December 2001, a world antiterrorist system was created under the aegis of the UN. It set up committees on civil aviation, ships, customs and others to take part in this war.

All kinds of interstate associations, including Interpol and Europol, also formed their own structures. Social movements were also growing, and there were organizations engaged in the fight against terrorism in practically in every member state-of the UN.

The fifteen members of the Security Council took turns overseeing the Counter-Terrorism Committee, which reported directly to the Secretary General of the UNO. The system was well organized, but it was confronted by over 500 terrorist organizations.

Nine years later, in 2010, the results were unpromising: the world community had failed to unite in the face of the terrorist threat.  Then the Arab Spring happened, and since then the international anti-terrorism system either ceased to exist, or broke up, or still exists, but does nothing. As a result, the members of various coalitions formed to fight terrorism, also fought each other .

Meanwhile, the terrorists opened up new areas. Before, terrorism was land, sea-and air based. After the events of 9/11 a fourth area appeared: the internet. Terrorism began actively using this tool leaving the other side behind.

This war doesn’t have a frontline. At the beginning of the 2000’s, there were national and international theaters of operation, but now terrorism takes place all over the globe. Whatever its horrors, terrorism is a creative force constantly introducing new elements, while the rule of law, based on instructions passed on by bureaucracies, has delayed reactions.

And terrorists are constantly updating their armory: suicide bombers, aircraft bombers, automobile bombers. For example, when the Middle East set up concrete blocks in front of hotels with many foreign guests, a donkey-drawn cart appearing to carry only vegetables would blow them up, killing and injuring guests.

There is no frontline: every place on the globe is a potential target for terrorist attacks. France is a weak link, but world leaders need to abandon petty quarrels and cooperate to defeat the world terrorist threat.


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