Amaryllis Fox is still in the process of getting her
CIA cover rolled back.
By Cavan Sieczkowski
July 03, 2016 "Information
Amaryllis Fox is a writer, a peace activist and a
former CIA Clandestine Service officer.
She recently sat down with Al Jazeera’s AJ+ to
discuss what she’s learned from working undercover
in counterterrorism for nearly a decade.
Her takeaway? Listen to your enemy.
“If I learned one lesson from my time with the CIA,
it is this: Everybody believes they are the good
guy,” Fox said in a video shared by AJ+ on Facebook
When it comes to the Islamic State militant group,
Fox says the public conversation is “more
oversimplified than ever” and encompasses stories
“manufactured” by a small minority of powerful
people who remain in power by “convincing the rest
of us to keep killing each other.”
She believes understanding comes with listening.
“The only real way to disarm your enemy is to listen
to them,” she said. “If you hear them out, if you’re
brave enough to really listen to their story, you
can see that more often than not you might’ve made
some of the same choices if you’d lived their life
instead of yours.”
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