The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism

Barker, Jonathan
Publisher:  Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  2003  
Pages:  144pp   Price:  $15   ISBN:  1-896357-75-X
Library of Congress Number:  HV6431.B36 2003   Dewey:  322.4'2
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7170

An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that discusses questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics.

Abstract:  An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that provides an objective perspective on the topic without ignoring the emotional complications. Barker presents both sides of the debates surrounding September 11 2001 and attempts to uncover the causes and context. A historical account is shown along with current examples of continuing violence in the world. Specific evidence, including descriptions of attacks from eyewitnesses, is accompanied by speculation as to the consequences of the attack on the World Trade Center and the War on Terror. The issue is explored for its political, economic, and moral implications.

The book avoids conspiracy theories and seeks to reopen communications. According to Barker, "Conspiracy talk pulled skilled analysts away from other important political issues and it called into question the credibility of all political speech. From the outset terrorism and the response to it diverts and devalues politics." Terrorism undermines democratic discourse.

There are five chapters in the No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism. These chapters discuss questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics. In the end, Barker calls for change to address the roots of terrorism, including the joint-governance of chaotic areas and improving living conditions and education in these parts of the world.

[Abstract by Mia Manns]


Table of Contents:

Foreword by Paul Rogers
Introduction
1. Questioning terrorism
2. Assessing the danger
3. State terrorism
4. Morality and history
5. Between war and politics
Contacts
Bibliography
Index

Subject Headings

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