The hebron massacre and the problems of intelligence

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One of the most important ideas of intelligence is reform.' Obviously, tinkering with intelligence is not something desirable. A successful intelligence organization is very difficult to build and maintain, and major changes in it are bound to cause disruption in the routine of the organization, which is the last thing that would be desirable to either the leaders of the organization itself or the politicians in charge of the intelligence community. Yet today's success may well be the father of tomorrow's failure, as many relevant examples have demonstrated. In this sense, success is worse than failure, because failure may engender the willingness to make changes without the feeling of putting something very substantial at risk. O n the other hand, an organization that becomes the captive of its own success may well dig its own grave in the future, simply for lack of foresight, which is the essence of successful intelligence.'

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Restless Mind
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Amos Perlmutter
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781135241780
ISBN (Print)9781138985322
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Daniel Pipes.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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