Can we convert former terrorists? Perhaps. The Bloggingheads Twitter feed is calling this concept "The Yoda Doctrine." The term came out of a conversation between Charli Carpenter of U. Mass Amherst and Daniel Drezner of Foreign Policy and Tufts's Fletcher School. Carpenter suggests that converting men like top terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki could reap tremendous benefits in terms of soft power--al-Awlaki could become "a force for good." Drezner's a little skeptical: "so if I understand this correctly you are suggesting that this man is Anakin Skywalker," he quips, and "that he could bring balance to the Force." See them discuss where they agree and disagree on the power of ideas in the war on terror:
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