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By Alessandro Dal Lago, Salvatore Palidda

ISBN-10: 0203846311

ISBN-13: 9780203846315

ISBN-10: 0415570344

ISBN-13: 9780415570343

This ebook is an exam of the impression of up to date wars (such because the 'War on Terror') on civil lifestyles at a world point. modern literature on conflict is especially dedicated to fresh adjustments within the concept and perform of struggle, specific these during which terrorists or insurgents are concerned (for instance, the 'revolution in army affairs', 'small wars', and so on). nonetheless, modern-day study on protection is targeted, between different topics, at the results of the battle on terrorism, and on civil liberties and social keep an eye on. This quantity connects those fields of study, exhibiting how 'war' and 'security' are likely to trade goals and different types of motion in addition to body of workers (for example, the spreading use of non-public contractors in wars and of army specialists within the 'struggle for security') in smooth society. This indicates how, opposite to Clausewitz's trust battle could be conceived of as a "continuation of politics through different means", the other assertion is additionally actual: that politics, insofar because it matters defense, could be outlined because the 'continuation of battle by way of different means'. This booklet might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious safeguard stories, battle and clash reports, terrorism stories, sociology and IR commonly. Salvatore Palidda is Professor of Sociology within the college of schooling on the collage of Genoa. Alessandro Dal Lago is Professor of Sociology of tradition and verbal exchange on the collage of Genoa.

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30 On this point, see Dal Lago (2006a). 31 It is nonetheless easy to demonstrate how this perspective based on fear makes the system (today, the USA) that supports it fragile, forcing it to perpetually keep its finger on the trigger (Barber, 2003). 32 This reflects the cross-­eyedness, cultural before moral, that I feel is prevalent in the widespread literature about the different types of genocide, as if ‘democracies’ were by definition immune from such practices. Recently, while discussing Clausewitz’s work, René Girard stressed the systemic character of contemporary global violence (Girard, 2007).

But the current figures are not news, for the simple reason that the global media does not turn them into news. It is difficult for these figures, easily obtainable on the websites of pacifist organizations or independent research institutes, to move beyond the web, where they are available for hundreds of thousands of Internet users. However, the Internet does not constitute a global informative stage, although on certain occasions (such as pacifist mobilizations or those against the G8) it promotes a global diffusion of information.

These are figures that, if they became and remained news items, would draw the world’s attention to the failure of the Western occupation of the two countries after the easy victories (or pseudo-­wars) of autumn 2001 (in Afghanistan) and spring 2003 (in Iraq). For far less, namely the death of around twenty Rangers in Mogadishu during a clumsy attempt to capture two of Aidid’s lieutenants, Bill Clinton withdrew US forces from Somalia (Halberstam, 2001). But the current figures are not news, for the simple reason that the global media does not turn them into news.

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