By Phil Scraton
The unparalleled and tragic occasions in big apple, Washington and Pennsylvania left an indelible mark on global politics. Civilian deaths in awful conditions prompted an uncompromising reaction from the U.S. management and its allies: an open-ended 'war on terrorism'. This anthology comprises a number of the world's best commentators - Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Naomi Klein, John Pilger, Paul Foot and A.Sivanandan. It provides available, particular and infrequently deeply own money owed of the aftermath, the bombing of Afghanistan and the doubtful claims for its legality. From investigative newshounds to severe teachers, human rights legal professionals and anti-racist campaigners, the members are united of their competition to army intervention in Afghanistan and past and to the assault on civil liberties within the US, the united kingdom and Europe. From the U.S. and Canada, Herman and Julia Schwendinger, Jonathan Farley, Tony Platt, Cecilia O'Leary, Christian Parenti and Michael Mandel are between severe lecturers who check the validity, lawfulness and political results of the Bush/Blair time table. ecu established commentators comprise Martti Gronfors and Thomas Mathiesen. interpreting the the context and rhetoric people vengeance -- ennobled through the symbolic name 'Enduring Freedom' -- they problem political and well known definitions, constructions,pathologisation and reporting of terrorism. In wondering the illustration of conflict as 'just', the anthology makes a speciality of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, proof of US/allied atrocities, violations of prisoners' rights and US decision to enhance army offensives, despite worldwide destabilisation.
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So it is disingenuous of Clare Short, the Secretary of State for International Development, to say that the bombing is not stopping aid getting into the country. The point is that the aid is piling up in warehouses but not reaching the hungry stomachs that need it, a problem exacerbated by the fact that thousands have fled the cities for the countryside for fear of the bombs. What makes the humanitarian situation so frightening is the scale. Over 7 million people are believed to be at risk. What the war risks Scraton 01 chaps 32 19/11/03 9:02 Page 32 Beyond September 11 doing is turning a desperate, fragile situation into one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of recent decades.
It was third way wishful thinking of the worst kind to imagine that a military attack on such a desperately poor country as Afghanistan was compatible with humanitarian needs. Sophistry such as George Bush’s, that this was not a war against the Afghan people but against the Taliban, now looks absurd. You can’t blow up fuel dumps, as the US has done in Herat and Kabul, without crippling the distribution of aid. You can’t bomb a country from high altitude without hitting depots and spreading fear amongst truck drivers and warehouse labourers.
Moshe Machover, an Israeli dissident, provided the relevant passage from the Book of Judges, Chapter 16, reminding me that the story is widely taught to Israeli children ‘as an act of heroism on Samson’s part’. Moshe prefers to read it as a ‘useful antidote against Islamophobia and Judaeo-Christian arrogance’. Certainly the Philistines in the story, as they taunt and mock the tortured warrior, come across as almost exact replicas of the Murdochs, the Conrad Blacks, the BBC foreign news chiefs and everyone else who refuses to understand the difference in the Middle Scraton 01 chaps 36 19/11/03 9:02 Page 36 Beyond September 11 East between the violence of conquerors, exploiters and oppressors on the one hand and the violence of the conquered, exploited and oppressed on the other.