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War on Terror

The ‘Global War on Terror’ Is Endless: As the War on Terror Winds Down In Afghanistan, the United States Will Want To Intensify Its War on Terror In Africa
Horace G. Campbell

In this way the US will no longer have large military and intelligence deployments to fight these ‘scattered remnants’ so that the US can keep “military assets in reserve” for an imminent threat.”….

The ‘Blair narrative’ is not new but dates back to the beginning of the so-called “war of terror.” It effectively shifts the blame off Western foreign policy—something for which the former British Prime Minister became detested in many quarters—and onto a foreign perverted “ideology.”…

 

George W Bush's Demon Child the Global ‘War on Terror’ Will Continue To Define What Is Possible In Politics At Home and Abroad For a Second Decade And Beyond
Tarak Barkawi

It is curious and little-appreciated that many of the security techniques we take for granted in the West originated in efforts to control colonised populations. The passport and the police, the fingerprint and the concentration camp, all had origins in the colonies. They later became, and remain, normal parts of the security repertoire that Western states use to regulate their populations at home....

 

Top Government Insider: Bin Laden Died In 2001, 9/11 A False Flag
Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik

“He died of Marfan syndrome, Bush junior knew about it, the intelligence community knew about it,” said Pieczenik, noting how CIA physicians had visited Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American Hospital in Dubai. “He was already very sick from Marfan syndrome and he was already dying, so nobody had to kill him,” added Pieczenik, stating that Bin Laden died shortly after 9/11 in his Tora Bora cave complex....

Muslims and the War on Terror
Faisal Kutty

A tipoff from a prominent Toronto imam more than a year ago appears to be at the heart of arrests at the end of April in the alleged VIA Rail terror plot in Canada. In fact, counterterrorism police began their press briefing by thanking Muslim leaders. Even in the Boston marathon tragedy, national and local Muslim organizations have condemned the bombings....

 

Obama’s Speech against Terrorism
Jeff Siddiqui

The sad irony is that no Republican believes a word you say, few Muslims believe anything you say and Democrats for the most part, have nothing but a traditional position that forces them to support you......

Naming Our Nameless War: How Many Years Will It Be?
Andrew J. Bacevich

For well over a decade now the United States has been “a nation at war.” Does that war have a name? It did at the outset.  After 9/11, George W. Bush's administration wasted no time in announcing that the U.S. was engaged in a Global War on Terrorism, or GWOT.  With few dissenters, the media quickly embraced the term. The GWOT promised to be a gargantuan, transformative enterprise. The conflict begun on 9/11 would define the age....

 

Has America Won Its War On Terror?
Hassan Tahsin

This is what really worries Americans who feel that they are paying the bill for the mistakes of the US administration. The Boston explosions are not the first and will not be the last as long as US foreign policy remains unchanged and as long as it continues to use double standards especially regarding regional and global issues....

 

The Changing War on Terror
Nada Bakos

The ideology al Qaeda espouses is not confined to one named group or organization. Today, whether or not someone is a part of al Qaeda is almost irrelevant. You can’t kill an ideology with a drone. A war on an ideology doesn’t result in a definitive end by fighting it through traditional militarized means....

 

"It is hard to resist the conclusion that this war has no purpose other than its own eternal perpetuation. This war is not a means to any end but rather is the end in itself. Not only is it the end itself, but it is also its own fuel: it is precisely this endless war - justified in the name of stopping the threat of terrorism - that is the single greatest cause of that threat."...

The World Must Unite In the Fight against Terrorism
Hassan Tahsin

The volatile situation in many countries is proof that international terrorism is still active and is vehemently working. Terrorists often choose the time and place most suitable to them, such as the north of Mali or the south of Yemen, with complete disregard for the security measures being taken by the targeted countries. The measures taken by the US administration to wipe out terrorism.....

 

United States Gets Explicit: Its 'War on Terror' is Permanent
Glenn Greenwald

Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaida continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight. . . . That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism."...

 

Dirty Wars, Filthy Hands: 5 Unsavoury Ways America Conducts Its Global War on Terror
Alex Kane

The U.S. paid off Afghan warlords to capture people they suspected of having a role in terrorism. The payments ranged from $3,000 to 25,000, according to the Associated Press. The U.S. also gave money to Pakistani security forces to do the same. The AP article on bounties for people who ended up at Guantanamo reported that “a detainee who said he was a Saudi businessman claimed, ‘The Pakistani police sold me for money to the Americans.’...

 

A Hundred Hungry Men at Guantánamo
Amy Davidson

A hundred prisoners are taking part in the hunger strike at Guantánamo now—a hundred angry men, or ones who are in a state of despair. There may be more, since that is the military’s count, and the lawyers for the prisoners have been saying for some time that the number is higher. There are not, it should be said, a hundred prisoners at Guantánamo who even the United States government considers dangerous enemy combatants;....

 

Wiser by 9/11 experience, America reacts to Boston bombings with less jingoism, get-them-at-all-costs bloodlust, constant speechifying, and flag-waving
Naomi Wolf

Americans also are more aware of how such attacks are used to justify abuses of their own rights. Immediately, the bombings began to be cited by some leaders as a call to limit constitutional rights. Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called for the surviving suspect....

 

Iraq:  Marwa's Story, 10 Years Since the Bomb Fell
Kevin Connolly

The same could be said of Iraq, where Britain tacked a Kurdish minority in the north on to the traditionally Arab land of Mesopotamia to create the modern state. It was the sort of shotgun marriage to which colonial administrators were dangerously addicted and it's possible that in the chaos of the modern Middle East, that Kurdish region is working quietly towards a kind of undeclared independence...

 

Boston Bombing: How Obama has Boxed Himself into a Corner over ‘Terrorism’
Saif Shahin, New Age Islam

The US President invited ire by his initial reluctance to call Monday’s Boston bombing an “act of terror.” He did the same last year, by appearing unwilling to label an attack on the US embassy in Libya―in which the American ambassador was killed―as “terrorism.” What explains his fear of the T-word?....

U.S. Practiced Torture after 9/11
Scott Shane

The panel found that the United States violated its international legal obligations by engineering “enforced disappearances” and secret detentions. It questions recidivism figures published by the Defence Intelligence Agency for Guantánamo detainees who have been released, saying they conflict with independent reviews. It describes in detail the ethical compromise of government lawyers who offered “acrobatic” advice to justify brutal interrogations...

 

Boston Terror:  Part of a War That Has Not Ended
Walid Phares

The enemy, domestic or foreign, is not packing up after this bloodshed; it will try to repeat its attempts. The Terrorists have no defined patterns which are going to show us predetermined paths for violence as some commentators naively pretend. Once inside “the belly of the beast,” as the enemy perceives America, every aspect of our lives can be targeted. We need to adapt and win....

 

Rights Groups, in Letter to Obama, Question Legality and Secrecy of Drone Killings
Scott Shane

By the count of the New America Foundation, a research group that tries to track targeted killing, the United States has carried out 422 strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, 373 of them since Mr. Obama took office in 2009, in addition to a handful in Somalia. The foundation estimates the number of deaths resulting from the strikes to be between 2,426 and 3,969, of which about 10 percent were of civilians and nearly as many of which were identified as “unknown.”...

The Enemy-Industrial Complex: How to Turn a World Lacking In Enemies into The Most Threatening Place In The Universe
Tom Engelhardt

They may indeed be a crew of Machiavellis, but they are also acolytes in the cult of terror and global war.  They live in the Cathedral of the Enemy.  They were the first believers and they will undoubtedly be the last ones as well.  They are invested in the importance of the enemy.  It’s their religion.  They are, after all, the enemy-industrial complex and if we are in their grip, so are they.....

 

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror
Scott Shane

This policy on targeted killing, according to experts on counterterrorism inside and outside the government, is shaped by several factors: the availability of a weapon that does not risk American casualties; the resistance of the authorities in Pakistan and Yemen to even brief incursions by American troops; and the decreasing urgency of interrogation at a time when the terrorist threat has diminished and the United States has deep intelligence on its enemies....

The Drones Don't Work, They Just Make It Worse
Rafia Zakaria

However, even despite this being the fourth year of drone strikes in Pakistan, with so many Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban leaders allegedly killed in strikes in past years, terrorists were nevertheless able to still carry out 652 attacks killing 1,007 people and injuring 2,687. Not only were they able to kill more, they were also able to expand their ambit of operations into other parts of Pakistan...

 

Drone Warfare is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive
William J. Astore

A much-quoted line from the movie Apocalypse Now captured the insanity of the American air war in Vietnam.  “I love the smell of napalm in the morning,” says an Air Cav commander played by Robert Duvall.  “Smelled like... victory.”  Updated for drone warfare, this line might read: “I love the sound of drones in the morning.  Sounds like... victory.”  But will we say the same when armed drones are hovering, not only above our enemies’ heads...

The Normalcy of War 10 Years after Iraq
Jeff Sparrow

Just about everyone now recognises the Iraq conflict as a moral catastrophe, a disaster on every conceivable level. Yet, curiously, no-one's responsible. Military conflict has been largely normalised, writes Jeff Sparrow. In less than two weeks, we'll mark the 10-year anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, a milestone that should prompt some serious soul searching.....

 
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