Typically, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is touted in writing and the history books as being a nice person, for his message of meaningful change through non-violence. But that’s only half the story. In addition to being a force for good, King also had a really good strategy that’s been effective in America, and effectively exported abroad, as my students discovered.Over the last two years, students of mine researched a series of groups. Half of them used terrorism, and the other half refrained from violence. Each student researched the goals of the group, and the tactics used to achieve the goals. We found that of the groups that used terrorism, less than 15 percent achieved their goals. On the other hand, more than half of the groups that chose the path of non-violence accomplished their goals.Sure violence grabs headlines. NPR reported today on violence by the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, and their attack on a hotel that killed at least 14 Kenyans and one American. Their attack “worked” but al-Shabab will never achieve their goals of dominating the East African country. Putting a terror group in charge of your life is asking for trouble. And can any regional or… Read full this story
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