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Monday, 29 October 2012

1.2 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan


9/6/2010: from Kate

Hi Anna

You didn't mention it.  How awful for him to be in that situation. It must have been very distressing for him.  Dale has not mentioned anything like that, but I think you are right, he would not want to upset us. I have some paperwork from Family Day and I will have a look through it and see if I have the same information.  Unfortunately I couldn't go so I was relying on Dale. 

I don't know where Dale is this week, but I am hoping he will call and give us an update.

Kind regards

Kate

Sunday, 21 October 2012

1.1 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan


5/5/2010: to Kate

Hi Kate,

Thank you SO MUCH for the photos [of Dale and Alex].  Can you believe the amount of kit they have to wear! It's a wonder they can walk, let alone go on patrol with all that stuff. I agree entirely with you about that 'I'm proud of my boy' thing. I'm furious with Alex too. And it's nice to be able to share that (generally unspoken) feeling. Having said that, I am impressed by the qualities Alex, and Dale too no doubt, has had to develop in order to make the grade as a Marine. I think that the training must have nurtured all sorts of qualities they probably didn't know they possessed: determination; will power; courage etc.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

1.0 - TWO MUMS: With Two Sons in Afghanistan



In the spring of 2010 I drove my son Alex to Paddington station and kissed him goodbye.  He was catching a train to Taunton to re-join his unit. In a few days he would be flying out to Afghanistan on a six-month tour with the Royal Marines. I wondered if I’d ever see him again. Once I’d waved him off, and was sure he was out of sight, I gave way and wept.

Friday, 5 October 2012

1.5 – CONCLUSION: Assessing the links between terrorism and organized crime, and the impact of the narcotics industry on conflict and post-conflict situations.



By Daniel Mossop

Throughout this paper the relationships between terrorism, organized crime, and to an extent insurgency, have been assessed to gauge a better understanding of the links between them. The initial stages set out the factors promoting the formation of such links, where it was found that the acquisition of funds and operational support were the main contributors to convergence between the groups. The demise of state-sponsorship and the rise of globalization essentially closed one door whilst opening another. The decrease in state and individual funding of terrorism since the end of the Cold-War and even more so since the attacks of 9/11, forced groups to search elsewhere for financial and operational support.

1.4 – Assessing the links between terrorism and organized crime, and the impact of the narcotics industry on conflict and post-conflict situations.


By Daniel Mossop

“War between ideologies stops at the edge of cannabis and poppy fields.”                                        

As mentioned in the previous chapter, the interaction between narcotics, crime, terrorism, insurgency, weak states and conflict offers a highly very area of study, especially in the current political climate today with regards to Afghanistan. This chapter aims to gauge a better understanding of the interaction between these entities. Focus will be directed towards giving insight into the links between terrorism, insurgency, crime and the narcotics industry and to assessing their relationship, if any, to conflict and post-conflict situations.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

1.3 – Assessing the links between terrorism and organized crime, and the impact of the narcotics industry on conflict and post-conflict situations.


By Daniel Mossop


There are a variety of reasons and circumstances why groups form links with others, and there is a range in the degree of such relationships. It is dependent on what exactly it is that each group wants from such a relationship. Further to this, Hutchinson and O’Malley (2007) suggest that the extent of a group’s organizational structure and need is vital in predicting the type of crime they are involved in. This section will explore some of the varying types of relationships and the purposes proposed for forging such links. This will give a better understanding of the issue as well as some thought on the future threat posed by such convergence.