A War On Terror: Afghanistan and After by Paul Rogers

By Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is without doubt one of the world's major protection specialists. because the eleven September assaults, he has been a typical visitor on television information channels all through the United States and Britain, the place he has provided specialist suggestion at the genuine implications of 9-11 and Bush's 'war on terror'. His articles in newspapers world wide, and within the net magazine Open Democracy, became crucial studying for lots of millions of individuals, together with executive officers, senior army, heads of UN companies, opinion formers, newshounds and peace activists. The warfare on Terror is Paul Roger's radical review of Bush's new coverage, how it has affected international safety and the grave implications that it holds for destiny peace, not just within the center East yet through the international. relocating from the struggle in Afghanistan and its aftermath to the Israeli/Palestinian clash, the continued improvement of al-Qaida and its affiliates via to the warfare on Iraq, Rogers offers a uniquely cogent research of those speedy and worrying events.In an international during which the united states and different states of the Atlantic neighborhood are more and more conversing a unique language to that of the vast majority of the area, Paul Rogers bargains an essential serious evaluate of the language of dominance and regulate as 'the New American Century' unfolds.For the united states, specifically, the post-9/11 global is one during which it really is necessary to preserve enterprise regulate of overseas safety, extending to pre-emptive army motion. during this e-book, Rogers demonstrates how futile, wrong and deeply counter-productive that trust is, and issues easy methods to more beneficial routes to a extra simply and safe global.

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The occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank are now effectively parcelled up into numerous smaller areas under strict Israeli Rogers 01 intro 20/10/03 9:19 Page 43 WAR IN AFGHANISTAN – II 43 military control. Per capita GNP for the Palestinians has plummeted in recent years and is now about one-tenth of that of the Israelis; there is mass unemployment and even reports of malnutrition. Arafat’s position is increasingly weakened, both by the Israelis and by the further radicalisation of Palestinian opinion in the face of what, from their perception, is seen as continued Israeli repression backed by the United States.

They had already dispersed. Again, it is worth taking the Pentagon view at face value – it is not always ‘spin’. The word here is that a protracted process, stretching over some months, is still possible, with early indications of possible attacks on presumed bases in Somalia distinctly likely. What is more problematic for the United States is the likelihood of al-Qaida and Taliban elements remaining in north-west Pakistan. Also, and in addition to Somalia, there remains the desire in the Bush administration to extend the war to other areas of presumed paramilitary activity, including locations in Yemen and Lebanon, as well as the major potential adversary of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

This is virtually inevitable as local warlords seek sources of income to maintain their position and poor people seek their own sources of income at a time of serious food shortages. Second, in recent weeks wide ranges of arms have flooded into northern Afghanistan from Russia, and will cascade throughout much of the country. This will greatly aid the third factor, the partial breakdown of law enforcement and order. Law, order and the Taliban In the last two to three years, the Taliban regime became intensely unpopular in much of Afghanistan, not least because of its theological rigidity, its attitude to women, its use of barbaric punishments and the often brutal suppression of dissent.

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