IMC UK 'War on Terror' Startpage Special

This is somewhere to draft a startpage special article for the UK's Terror War archive.

The War of Terror

The so-called 'war on terror' is nothing new; it has its precedents in operations like Gladio; can be seen as the "strategy of tension" gone global and a logical extension of the US-UK imperial policy post 1945. According to Youssef Aschkar, the 'war on terror' did not start on September 11, 2001: "between 1996 and September 11, 2001, the culture of hate and fear was spread to the United States by the publication of thousands of books and articles on the subject of terrorism. From that time onward, 'Islamic terrorism' became the new Evil Empire". The Power of Nightmares, a BBC documentary, even starts from earlier. It "explores the origins in the 1940's and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, Neoconservatism in America and the parallels between these movements." Now, with the neocon's 'war on terror', legality and morality gone out of the window, torture, detention without trial, rendition, dawn raids, death squads, profiling, fabricated terror plots and executions are the new norm as muslims are demonised in order to justify the "clash of civilisations" and perpetual global war.

Campaigns: Campaign Against Criminalising Communities | Scotland Against Criminalising Communities | National Guantanamo Coalition | Cage Prisoners

Blogs: Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Craig Murray

Radio: Taking Aim | Guns and Butter

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Links to good posts on this topic which should be linked in a feature:

— Leo Strauss provided the Machiavellian thought, Albet Wohlstetter provided the strategic military concept. Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle as prime movers of neo-con policy have sought to change the world. And they have.
Topic revision: r7 - 08 Feb 2007, ChrisC
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