By Joseba Zulaika
In counterterrorism circles, the normal reaction to questions on the potential for destiny assaults is the terse one-liner: “Not if, yet when.” This mantra supposedly conveys a pragmatic method of the matter, yet, as Joseba Zulaika argues in Terrorism, it capabilities as a self-fulfilling prophecy. via distorting truth to slot their very own worldview, the architects of the warfare on Terror recommended the habit they search to prevent—a twisted good judgment that has already performed out horrifically in Iraq. in brief, Zulaika contends, counterterrorism has develop into pivotal in selling terrorism. Exploring the blind spots of counterterrorist doctrine, Zulaika takes readers on a notable highbrow trip. He contrasts the mental perception of Truman Capote’s In chilly Blood with The Sep 11 fee record, plumbs the frame of mind of terrorists in works via Orianna Fallaci and Jean Genet, maps the continuities among the chilly warfare and the struggle opposed to terrorism, and analyzes the case of a Basque terrorist who attempted to come to civilian lifestyles. Zulaika’s argument is robust, artistic, and wealthy with insights and concepts that supply a brand new and complex viewpoint at the warfare on Terror.
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