and here is the problem with his research: he fails to take into account what they have told us. they have told us that their goal is to wipe out the infidels. they have told us that they want a united Islamic state. they have attacked their own governments to that end. they have told us that they want to wipe out Israel. they call us the great Satan and they call Israel the little Satan. why? because they intend for an Islamic world and we/they stand in the way.
he fails to take into account the religious aspect of this. it's popular in the academic world to try to keep this as a secular problem. "if we would just....they wouldn't hate us anymore". however, they have told us why they hate us and it has nothing to do with where we are and what we are doing. under all the excuses is the fact that they do hate us for who
another thing he doesn't do is identify what he means by "occupation". as defined by UBL, it is not just troops, but American companies and other business interests. should we just stay home and not engage in any international business?
historically, we have ignore those we considered nuts even when they told us what they were going to do. both Germany and Russia telegraphed their intentions and were ignored. people were surprised when Russian systematically took over countries, and when Germany did the same. Germany began rebuilding it's military and making it moves 15 or so years before they went to war. they began rebuilding their military in the 20's. very few people took notice and those who did were ignored.
your author seems to suggest that capitulation (Israel/Gaza) will reduce threat. he seems not to understand how the "Palestinians" got where they are in the first place and why the Arab countries keep them there. better for Israel that they had never given any land back and that they had made the Arabs clean up the Palestinian mess that they created. instead, these so called Palestinians are used as pawns and an excuse for constant attacks on Israel.
according to extensive research that we conducted at the University of Chicago's Project on Security and Terrorism,
considering the political bent of this university, i would consider any "research" out of there, suspect.
reading opinions is good. doing your own research is better.