Phenomenon of Terrorism

US to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan: US Exit Is With Caveats

The United States and NATO are yet to begin the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan but the eyes are cast over the horizon at what lies after the ‘forever war’ formally ends. The US exit strategy in Afghanistan assumes the look of that random arbitrariness of a lottery that […]

Exiting Afghanistan

Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets The Date

It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such.  Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. In his […]

IRA

Sociological And Political Aspects Of Terrorism (II)

Part I Political scientists and the “Old-style” and “New-style terrorism” For political scientists, there is a historical difference between the “Old-style” and “New-style terrorism”. Contemporary terrorism can be historically distinguished from acts of violence aimed to terrorize the people in some older periods of history as, for instance, the razing […]

Biden and forever wars

Biden, Afghanistan And Forever Wars

The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country’s seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan.  None are particularly useful, in that they ignore the central premise that a nation state long mauled, molested and savaged should finally be left alone.  Nonsense, say the […]

Biden bombs Syria

Delusions Of Self-Defense: Biden Bombs Syria

Every power worth its portion of salt in the Levant these days seems to be doing it.  On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes against Syria.  The premise for the attacks was implausible.  “These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq,” […]