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The great terror war
Falk, Richard A.
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New York : Olive Branch Press, [2003]

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xxviii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
Winning and losing the war against global terror -- The dimensions of megaterrorism -- Appraising the Afghanistan War -- The US government's world-order argument -- Wrecking world order -- Challenging the new patriotism -- The eclipse of human rights -- Facing the future.
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After outlining a comprehensive historical framework, Falk goes on to provide new insights into the entire range of issues that must be addressed if terrorism is indeed to be eradicated.

Author Notes

Richard Falk is Professor of Law at Princeton University.


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In a passionate and critical evaluation of U.S. foreign policy, Falk (emer., international law, Princeton) applies his knowledge of international law and foreign relations to the current war on terror. Falk worries that the war on terror is degenerating into a conflict that will be fought without the restrictions of international law to safeguard human rights. In order to prevent this, he calls for the creation of a new framework of international law, instead of stretching old conventions designed to mediate the actions of sovereign states. In his view, a fresh interpretation of the just-war framework would provide appropriate limits for conflicts between nations and networks. He assesses American actions in the war in Afghanistan, in response to the root causes of terrorism, and in regard to al-Qaeda as an international network. Falk fears that the US policy is more consistent with empire building than with effective peace building, and he believes that it needs to be redirected. This provocative book will spur debate among general readers and undergraduate students. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and lower- and upper-division undergraduates. J. S. Holmes University of Texas at Dallas

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. xi
1. Winning and Losing the War Against Global Terrorp. 1
2. The Dimensions of Megaterrorismp. 38
3. Appraising the Afghanistan Warp. 61
4. The US Government's World-Order Argumentp. 73
5. Wrecking World Orderp. 82
6. Challenging the New Patriotismp. 129
7. The Eclipse of Human Rightsp. 147
8. Facing the Futurep. 173
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 197