The Ethics and Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism: Fighting Terror with Terror

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

EditorCharles P. Webel, John A. A. Arnaldi

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The Ethics and Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism is a collection of recent and provocative articles by such influential figures as Noam Chomsky and Scott Atran. It presents a variety of perspectives and disciplines that critically examine significant ethical issues involved in the War on Terrorism. Concepts of terrorism, counterterrorism, and antiterrorism are explored within the context of how language frames and controls definition of the problem, potential solutions, viable actors, and outcomes. This book provides in-depth analyses of moral principles as applied to real-life events, as well as facts and ideas that are missing or underrepresented in the dominant narratives found in public discourse. The editors establish that there are viable nonviolent alternatives to the global war on terrorism and outline eight steps necessary to initiate a process of understanding and reconciliation that promises improved human security and sustainable peace.

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The Ethics and Efficacy of the Global War on Terrorism is a collection of recent and provocative articles by such influential figures as Noam Chomsky and Scott Atran. It presents a variety of perspectives and disciplines that critically examine significant ethical issues involved in the War on Terrorism. Concepts of terrorism, countert...

Charles P. Webel is a three-time Fulbright Scholar who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of South Florida, and the University of New York in Prague. He is author of Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition; co-author (with David Barash) of Peace and Conflict Studies; and co-editor (with Johan Galtun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.13 × 5.67 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110983

ISBN - 13:9780230110984

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Introduction: Applied Ethics, Human Security, and the War on Terrorism--John A. Arnaldi and Charles P. Webel * PART I: Understanding Ethical Challenges in the War on Terrorism * Overview--Charles P. Webel and John A. Arnaldi * The Evil Scourge of Terrorism: Reality, Construction, Remedy--Noam Chomsky * The “Ethics” of Terror and Terrorism--Charles P. Webel * Who Becomes a Terrorist Today?--Scott Atran * PART II: Applying Ethics to the Global War on Terrorism * Overview--Charles P. Webel and John A. Arnaldi * Moral Personhood, Human Security, and the War on Terrorism--Laurie L. Calhoun * Degradation of the Rule of Law in Response to Terrorism: A Failed Approach--William A. Cohn * Acts of Omission in the War on Terrorism--Jørgen Johansen * PART III: Winning the Public Relations War: Journalism as a Weapon * Overview--Charles P. Webel and John A. Arnaldi * Framing the War on Terror: The Internalization of Policy in the US Press--Stephen D. Reese and Seth C. Lewis * In Whose Interest? Ethics in Journalism and the War on Terrorism--John A. Arnaldi * Home from Iraq: Journalist Urges Americans to Search for Truth, Freedom--Molly Bingham * PART IV: Examining the Dark Side of the War on Terror * Overview--Charles P. Webel and John A. Arnaldi * Squaring the Error--Michael German * The Liberal Ideology of Torture: A Critical Examination of the American Case--Lisa Hajjar * Unethical Alliance? The United States, Pakistan, and the “War on Terrorism”--Cris Toffolo * The Agent--Mark Arax * Conclusion: The War of the World? Is There a Viable Nonviolent Alternative to the Global War on Terrorism?--Charles P. Webel and John A. Arnaldi * Appendix: Eight Steps toward Ending the Global Clash of Terrorisms and Initiating a Process of Understanding and Reconciliation

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"This book is so valuable because it brings together specialists in fields that rarely meet­­: applied ethics, human security, narrative, and journalism as well as empirical studies of 'terrorism.' All point to the obvious conclusion that our current militarized approach to countering 'terrorism' is failing. The authors convincingly explore more realistic alternatives: ethical plans with proven success for promoting peace and human security." - Ira Chernus, author of Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin "Containing a rich variety of critical analyses and examples of conscientious reportage, this anthology peels back layers of conventional wisdom and lays bare the darker side of our increasingly militarized and covert security paradigm. Its impassioned pleas for impartial, non-violent solutions to today's geopolitical conflicts are welcome counterpoints to the steady drumbeat of counterterrorism warfare."—Mark Rigstad, associate professor and chair of Philosophy, Oakland University