Terrorism and the Necessity of Oppositional Clarification in the “War” Against It

in Peace, Culture, and Violence
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Though the need for clarifying who the West is at war with has not gone unnoticed in the post 9/11 world, a glaring lack of clarity regarding what, exactly, is being fought against is noticeable even among those leaders (e.g. President Obama) who have taken great pains to avoid creating the impression that Westerners are fighting Islam in their current war efforts. I maintain that such an absence of clarity allows cultural violence to continue unimpeded insofar as it prevents us from noticing important insights that challenge our tendency to readily accept violence and that are therefore essential for realizing a more peaceful world. I will show that a deeper consideration of key questions related to the violence committed on behalf of citizens in the West lead to conclusions that (at the very least) should make us all less willing to regard this violence as morally acceptable—even on the grounds that it is committed to protect innocent life.

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