Redlinger, Lawrence J. Books
Dr. Lawrence John Redlinger is Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he also serves as Professor. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he was Associate Provost at the University. He earned his doctorate from Northwestern University. Dr. Redlinger has published numerous books, monographs, chapters and journal articles on a variety of topics, including making and catching spies, organizational change, urban development, demographic and economic change, and higher education policy.2004 0-7734-6587-1
The assassination in 1986 of Olof Palme, a distinguished international statesman, remains to this day an unsolved mystery. While in some ways resembling the puzzling features inherent in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the continuing mystery has a deeper significance that the authors of this work seek to probe and elucidate. Any examination of the Palme assassination has to be conducted with reference to an extremely complex set of international factors. It is in this milieu that Palme found a special role for himself as an international statesman, seeking to mediate some of the lesser though deadly wars, in particular the Iran/Iraq conflict. Palme the Peacemaker had many enemies and a consideration of the role which may have been played by some of them is carefully examined, by a reference to a theoretical schema of the assassination phenomenon, of the motives and modalities of each of the likely candidates. There were many who had no wish to see an early settlement of the Iran/Iraq ward. Some of these were nation states with an animus against one or both of the combatants, Some hoped that hostilities would exhaust the two contenders, while others, such as international arms dealers, sought to profit. The authors see the Swedish Prime Minister as an unfortunate victim of a largely clandestine clash of forces: it is their identity that continues to elude investigators. The authors examine all the evidence, present their own case on these arcane matters, leaving it to the readers to come to their own conclusions.2006 0-7734-5866-2
This work represents an ambitious, controversial, revisionist examination of a number of important terroristic events of the past thirty years. It focuses, principally, upon the critical Israeli/Palestinian struggle that has, in many ways, defined thought and action about the terrorist phenomenon. Conventional, partisan explanations of some of these cruel, violent acts, part of what has been called ‘the scourge of our times,’ seem unsatisfactory to those who approach them, on an informerd basis, with a more open mind. Alternatives are explored here as what is suggested has been a well-organized, clandestine struggle by Israel to contain what otherwise might have proven an insupportable burden for that nation to have carried on its own.
What is essayed, in this lengthy review, is a scholarly, non-judgmental exposition of a remarkable, perhaps unique, counter-terrorism strategy. Its success resides in the very strength of the beliefs which this work is designed to challenge. The subject is breathtaking in its scope and potential, and the authors are all too conscious of how much farther their explorations may have taken them. History will judge how much of their thesis is to be accepted at face value. This is a seminal effort destined to cast light upon a dark area of strategic deception. Much is left to be said, but this foundation may serve to persuade others, especially qualified and unprejudiced, to build upon it.