Endless War?: Hidden Functions of the "War on Terror" by David Keen

By David Keen

Was once the Iraq warfare quite an act of goodwill to free up humans from injustice? Or used to be it a strategic flow to take care of US dominance globally? unending struggle? casts a serious mild at the actual factors in the back of battle and clash. David prepared explores how successful warfare isn't an lead to itself; quite, warfare has a tendency to join a much wider political and fiscal video game that's in keeping with strengthening the enemy. willing devises a thorough framework for analysing an never-ending warfare venture, the place the "war on terror" is an extension of the chilly War.The ebook attracts at the author's particular research of wars in Sudan, Sierra Leone, in addition to in a number different conflicts. It presents a brand new method of clash research that might be of use to scholars throughout improvement experiences and the social sciences.

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Anger at the West The strength of those using terror against their own regimes should not be taken for granted, and neither should the vehemence of their antiAmerican ideology. ’174 He concludes, ‘Jihadis … alienate most people through extreme violence, as they did in the early 1990s in Algeria and Egypt. Islamism and jihadis were declining from the mid-1990s. qxd 13/02/2006 09:56 Page 32 E N D L E S S WA R ? ’ Incomprehension is almost mandatory. But we now understand quite a lot about the making of a terrorist and the role that world events may play in this process.

I was 25 when I went into a mosque for the first time, in Montpellier. qxd 13/02/2006 09:56 FUEL Page 41 ON THE FIRE we came up against racism’. At school, the boys were repeatedly asked why they were not eating pork. When they said it was because they were Muslims, Abd Samad remembers the reply was, ‘Oh for heaven’s sake! ’ Zacarius had a white girlfriend. He got into a fight at a club and while being hit, he heard, ‘Had it with these niggers! ’ Of course, not everyone chooses to react to such incidents with violence; indeed, Abd Samad’s account suggests the brothers reacted very differently to similar circumstances, ‘When Zacarius was faced with humiliation, he reacted differently from me.

It is hard to imagine a more dehumanising – or incendiary – image. Demonising and infantilising people can have much the same effect as dehumanising them. This is part of the problem with labels like ‘axis of evil’. 206 Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist who grew up in the French Caribbean island of Martinique and then went on to work in an Algerian hospital during the Algerian war for independence, pointed to a feeling of nonexistence among those subjected to colonialism, the result of not being treated as human beings.

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