By Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers is among the world's prime defense 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 recommendation at the actual implications of Sept. 11 and Bush's 'war on terror'. His articles in newspapers worldwide, and within the internet magazine Open Democracy, became crucial interpreting for plenty of millions of individuals, together with executive officers, senior army, heads of UN firms, opinion formers, reporters and peace activists. The struggle on Terror is Paul Roger's radical review of Bush's new coverage, how it has affected global defense and the grave implications that it holds for destiny peace, not just within the heart 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 struggle on Iraq, Rogers provides a uniquely cogent research of those quick and stressful events.In a global during which the united states and different states of the Atlantic group are more and more talking a special language to that of nearly all of the realm, Paul Rogers deals a necessary serious overview of the language of dominance and keep watch over as 'the New American Century' unfolds.For the USA, particularly, the post-9/11 international is one within which it really is necessary to retain enterprise keep watch over of foreign protection, extending to pre-emptive army motion. during this e-book, Rogers demonstrates how futile, wrong and deeply counter-productive that trust is, and issues the right way to greater routes to a extra simply and safe international.
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The second question is the extent to which al-Qaida (and Taliban) groups have left Afghanistan for north-west Pakistan and elsewhere. The US participation in the Afghan civil war has effectively overturned the Taliban regime and has made it impossible for al-Qaida to maintain Rogers 01 intro 38 20/10/03 9:19 Page 38 A WAR ON TERROR training bases there, at least in the short term, but the real problem remains as to whether this had been anticipated. Repeatedly over the last few weeks, attacks on al-Qaida camps, whether by US bombing or by occupation by local militia, have revealed an almost complete absence of al-Qaida members.
Indeed, the ‘enemy’ may have a far wider definition, taking in a wide rage of groups that appear to oppose US interests. Extending the war Although the future direction of the war in Afghanistan remains uncertain, there has been sufficient movement for there to be an indication of plans to extend the war to other states that are perceived to be harbouring groups associated with al-Qaida. These include, Rogers 01 intro 20/10/03 9:19 Page 29 WAR IN AFGHANISTAN – I 29 variously, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
No one is pretending that the Taliban had any particular regard for human rights – their treatment of opponents over the past six years has frequently been brutal in the extreme. At the same time, though, the treatment meted out to them cannot be blamed merely on Northern Alliance militia seeking reprisals. The point is that the United States has formed a direct and close coalition with these groups rather than use its own ground troops. Furthermore, it was US firepower that was responsible for much of the killing at the fort.