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Terrorism: the New World Disorder

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 March, 2008, 12:00am

Terrorism: the New World Disorder

by Nicholas Fotion, Boris Kashnikov and Joanne K. Lekea

Continuum, HK$136

Terrorist attacks have become such regular occurrences that television viewers around the world have become almost inured to them. For those who make immediate assumptions when they hear the word 'terrorism' - that we're all talking about the same thing; that these actions are completely immoral - Terrorism should be required reading. One of four volumes in the Think Now series of books that afford philosophical takes on contemporary social issues, it is a stimulating primer that explores the ethics of terrorism. The authors show why it is difficult (and unhelpful) to present a strict definition of the term: to some it is mainly an activity of the state; others focus on the victims, insisting that terrorists target 'innocents' only; then there are those who see the effects of such tactics as necessarily political. Special attention is given to martyr terrorism because, the authors argue, it apparently has the greatest growth potential, appears decidedly effective and, being a relatively new form of terrorism, isn't understood well. This volume asks provocative questions such as, 'Is a terrorist act still a terrorist act if it fails to terrorise?' Readers will probably not change their minds about terrorists but they should understand better why they feel the way they do about their activities.

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