"Terrorism and the State" is a volume on the political economy
of terrorism. Emphasizing the role of ideological systems in the
definition of political violence, this book is theoretical,
historical, and critical. It first presents and refutes the two
most commonly expressed definitions of terrorism: the absolutist
view, a simplistic picture of international deviance on the part of
fanatics, and the liberal relativistic view, one man's terrorist is
another man's freedom fighter. Both views focus on the definition
of behaviors rather than on the real relations of domination and
subjugation embodied in the social structure. Neither view can be
used as a vehicle when analyzing institutionalized forces of
domination through fear. The author suggests that there is
presently a double standard of terrorism, one for the state and the
other for its opponents. Terrorism and the State reframes the
terrorism debate. A historical review supports a revisionist
position that places the issue in the context of global relations.
Attention is given to the role of the media in the selective
selling of international terrorism. Having established his
framework, the author proceeds through the investigation of
historically grounded cases to systematically analyze state
terrorism: the coercive power of today's nuclear weapon state,
global apartheid, terrornoia, settler terrorism, holy terror, and,
finally, surrogate terrorism.
"Terrorism and the State" develops its framework for the
terrorism debate within the first three chapters: The Ideology of
Terrorism, Terrorism and the State, and Mediaspeak: The Selling of
International Terrorism. The remainder of this volume concentrates
on historically grounded cases: The Real Nuclear Terrorism; Racial
Terrorism: Apartheid in South Africa; Terrornoia and Zonal
Revolution: The Case of Libya; Settler Terrorism: Israel and the
P.L.O.; Holy Terror: Iran and Irangate; Surrogate Terrorism: The
United States and Nicaragua
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