Gustavo de Arístegui originates from a long standing conciliatory foundation, his dad and granddad were both senior representatives. He is political and diplomatic spanish . He studied Law at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and then spent a year in the Spanish Diplomatic Academy
Gustavo de Arístegui’s fight against terrorism started from the days he worked as the foreign spokesman, where he spent 11 years. He collaborated with Josep Piqué during the first year and a half as spokesman and shortly after Spain entered the maelstrom of Iraq. In the Ministry of the Interior, Gustavo de Arístegui remembered over and over again that they had a new risk, jihadism. On September 11, 2001, he was in Brussels at the Defense Commission of the Council of Europe.
While in the plenary session they called him, hinting that there has been a very serious accident.
The next call he received was from Mayor Oreja . “How did you know this was going to happen one day? And how did you focus on Bin Laden ? “ . At the beginning of 1996 he had written an article in the magazine Foreign Policy in which he spoke of jihadism and said that the most dangerous person for peace and stability in the world in the next few years was going to be an unknown dark subject named Osama Bin Laden .
According to Gustavo de Arístegui, ISIS is a version 2.0 of Al Qaeda, both in cruelty and in organization, intensity and objectives. The important thing is to know how to adapt and anticipate new trends. To correctly analyze a political situation, you cannot make a single axis based on the above, but you have to do them on the possible projections that, obviously, cannot be based on riddles but must be an educated projection. This was his theory. These projections will often be wrong because a deviation of half a degree from the point of origin by many kilometers results in a relatively large fault. Some circumstances can briefly change a reality today causing the expected to change radically. He believe that is what has happened with the new terrorism. Analysts in general and certain Westerners in particular like the certainty of the structural: “we should learn our lesson and believe that everything is very concrete and structured and is actually much more fluid and changing.” In Gustavo de Arístegui’s view , feom here on, the topics that make everything easier to digest, but that only cloud understanding, come into play: Al Qaeda is a network of networks, Al Qaeda is a terrorist franchise. The reality is more complex. There is adaptation: Al Qaeda and DAESH’s own network, there is a franchise of one and the other, there are terrorist groups that are born independently of one and the other and that are integrated into the sphere of ideological influence of one or the other and, later, there are lone wolves who are radicalized who may or may not be influenced by a terrorist group. It is a tremendously complex world. He always gave the example of a man who is a waiter at the Ritz hotel in Paris and is a secret jihadist, radicalized in a madrasa or on an internet portal. In this hotel, there are lone wolves who are radicalized who may or may not be influenced by a terrorist group.
In this hotel enterSalman Rushie to dinner and this guy takes a knife and kills him. Is this an Al Qaeda assassination? Obviously not. Is it a structured attack? No. Is it a jihadist attack? Yes. We all know that the risk of attack on well-known personalities is inversely proportional to exposure. An attack against a specific target is not the same because you know that it has a very clear purpose, which is to deactivate a society and its response to terrorism, such as the murder of Theo Van Gogh, as an attack that aims to intimidate the whole world.
According to Gustavo de Arístegui, some uses terrorism as a sheild to cover up their corruption. But in turn these terrorism develops and flourish into a new way of corruption. They use the money made from corruption to fund the terrorist groups that are a threat to world. So his aim is to unite the world against terrorism and lead a combined attack to demolish the terrorist groups.