But is their reaction to terrorism sensible?
The targeted elimination of US citizen and radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for his alleged role as a terrorist affiliate raises troubling international legal questions.
This article however highlights how the extra-judicial killing of bin Laden by the US military undermines the rule of law and paints an ugly picture of the Obama administration. Open Democracy U. Reports Mixed Results on Afghan Poppy Crops September 30, Afghanistan modestly reduced its poppy cultivation this year in Helmand province though nationwide production has remained the same or increased.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that the decrease is mainly the result of blight, despite a government initiative and Western aid.
The report states that increasing poppy prices could undercut the efforts to reduce cultivation in the coming year. Nearly all cultivation occurs in the country's least secure provinces.
In this article from Al Jazeera, Mark Levine argues that if a peaceful future is to be secured for Pakistan and the wider world, relief aid is an ill advised area for the US to be fiscally prudent.
He suggests the US "war on terror" needs to be fundamentally rethought to consider relief, rebuilding and the struggle against poverty and hardship. And in the "multigenerational" campaign against Al-Qaida, more resources should be allocated towards reconstruction, than are used for purposes of destruction.
Al Jazeera The Secret Killers: Wikileaks has published the mass of secret U.
Military experts are disquieted by the creation of such global hunter-killer teams who regularly kill civilians in their raids on supposed "targets. The United States has increased military and intelligence operations in a dozen countries.
These shadow wars have fuelled anti-American rage; blurred the lines between soldiers and spies;weakened Congressional oversight and led to a reliance on authoritarian foreign leader.
They were transferred to a CIA "black site" for two years of interrogation, during which time they could not speak with attorneys or human rights observers. The AP discovered that top White House, Justice Department, Pentagon and CIA officials were involved in the prisoner transfer, which law professor Jonathon Hafetz called "a shell game to hide detainees from the courts.
The cover's title suggested that such crimes against women would increase if the US-led military force were to leave Afghanistan prematurely. Many have claimed that TIME engaged in "emotional blackmail" and exploited "gender politics to pitch for the status quo-a continued US military involvement.
Telling Aisha's story may raise awareness about the plight of women in Afghanistan, but drawing a connection between her situation and the US occupation is both inaccurate and manipulative.
BBC The Guantanamo Paradox August 6, More than men who have not been convicted, or in some cases even charged with a criminal offense, are being kept in indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay.
As the Obama administration moves forward with the military trials at the detention facility, it is difficult to see how the President is fulfilling his commitment to "re-establishing our [US] credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law.
The maintenance of Guantanamo is just one of the ways in which this administration continues to resemble that of George W. Crimes of War Project Western Wars Vs Muslim Women August 5, The Time Magazine's cover story on the plight of Afghan women contributes to justifying the war on humanitarian "civilizing" grounds instead of criticizing it on the same grounds.
Military solutions to social problems fail to make the distinction between Islam and the Taliban or explain how women's rights can be attained by such means. This author suggests that "the war to liberate the women of Afghanistan," is more concerned with promoting "men's wars" rather than women's rights, whilst Muslim women are being progressively silenced in this discursive battle.
Although driven by contrasting ideologies, both serve to further disempower women from decision making. Security Council Resolution highlighted the contributions that women can make to conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
Yet this suppression of female agency in Pakistan denies the importance of women's equal and full participation as active agents in peace and security. The image is intended to remind the reader of "what happens if we leave Afghanistan.
However, despite the lofty rhetoric about "freeing" the women of Afghanistan, the US-supported government of Hamid Karzai has not implemented policies to help women in any substantial way.Read “War on Terror: Crackdown on Civil Rights; War on Freedom” to learn more.
US Military Commissions Act —Unchecked Powers? Posted Saturday, September 30, The war against terrorism is the first war of the 21 st Century -- and it requires a 21 st Century military strategy.
Secretary Rumsfeld has worked with our coalition allies and the courageous men and women of the U.S. military to craft a cutting-edge military strategy that minimizes civilian casualties, partners with local forces, and brings.
struggle against terrorism is a war. In , however, there is increased emphasis on a comparison between the war on terrorism and the Cold War, a theme that is stressed in official speeches as well. The war on terrorism is described as a ‘generational struggle’, with victory far in the leslutinsduphoenix.com Sep 11, · War on terrorism, term used to describe the American-led global counterterrorism campaign launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, The successes of the first years of the war on terrorism included the arrest of hundreds of terrorist suspects around the world, the.
The conclusion of all this analysis must surely be that the "global war on terrorism" has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave the way for a wholly different agenda - the US goal leslutinsduphoenix.com · The "war on terrorism" is bogus.
The narrative as conveyed by the Commission report is fabricated. The Bush administration is involved in acts of cover-up and complicity at the highest levels of government.
Revealing the lies behind would serve to undermine the legitimacy of the "war on terrorism".leslutinsduphoenix.com