Washington Conference on International Terrorism
|Date||June 24 1984 - June 27 1984|
|Location||Washington D.C., USA|
|Participants||Moshe Arens, Jillian Becker, Ray Cline, Jack Kemp, Elie Kedourie, Charles Krauthammer, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Michael Ledeen, Bernard Lewis, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yitzhak Rabin, George Shultz, Claire Sterling, Arnaud de Borchgrave, Lord Chalfont, Paul Johnson, Jean-François Revel, [[..|...]]|
|Witnessed by||Midge Decter, Jack Kemp, Ted Koppel, Paul Laxalt, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edwin Meese, Daniel Schorr|
|Interests||War On Terror|
|Description||A key conference in establishing the "War On Terror", 5 years after the seminal Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism|
“Given terrorism's unique dependence on publicity and amplification, the media have a crucial role in either facilitating or obstructing the spread of terrorism against the West... manipulation of public opinion is in fact, central to the terrorist strategy. For this purpose, access to the media, indeed their domination, is indispensable.”
The Washington Conference on International Terrorism was convened in June 1984 by the Jonathan Institute. It was a follow up to the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism and its stated aim was coordination of the global response to "terrorism".
Deep political connections
The 1984 conference succeeded in assembling as large and prestigious a group of participants and audience as the 1979 Jerusalem Conference on International Terrorism. Leading addresses were given by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick (of Le Cercle), and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Also in attendance were Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Midge Decter, Paul Laxalt, Edwin Meese, Jack Kemp, and media stars Daniel Schorr and Ted Koppel. As in 1979, the conference featured terrorism as the new focus of Israeli, U.S., and European foreign policy concern, and the participants chosen assured the uncontested reiteration of the Western model, with a strong bent toward its extremist version. The Palestinians, with their alleged Soviet "sponsors," were held responsible for almost every (retail) terrorist attack cited by the body of experts in attendance, who, among others, included Michael Ledeen, Claire Sterling, Ray S. Cline, Arnaud de Borchgrave, Lord Chalfont and Jillian Becker.
The Washington Conference on International Terrorism was followed up by a book from Benjamin Netanyahu, about which one reviewer observed: "There are some low-level oddities about this book that should be noted quickly. Very few efforts are made to convince readers of what is being said: sources and figures are never cited; abstractions and generalizations pop up everywhere; and, except for three essays on Islam, historical argument is limited to the single proposition that "terrorism" has never before presented such a threat to "the democracies.' I was also struck that the verb in the book's subtitle, How the West Can Win, doesn't seem to have an object: Win what? one wonders. So great is the number of contributors, so hortatory the tone, so confident and many the assertions, that in the end you retain little of what has been said, except that you had better get on with the fight against terrorism, whatever Netanyahu says it is."
|Midge Decter||Neocon "polemical powerhouse"|
|Jack Kemp||Closely associated with the hawkish wing of the Republican Party.|
|Edwin Meese||United States Attorney General in the 1980s, during the Reagan Administration.|