THE NATURE OF THE THREAT
"One of the persistent problems with the manner in which the war on Islamist-based terror is presented in the media is the lack of historical context. The general public is rarely presented with other historical situations that are at least somewhat analogous to this conflict, so as to better understand its nature. While volumes may be written on this, here I intend to provide a brief overview of how aspects of another recent long-term struggle, the Cold War, can be related to events of the present day centered on the Middle East and beyond, and to touch on other larger factors at play in the war on terror that are seldom mentioned in the media." R.V.