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Terrorism: Theirs and Ours (Seven Stories' Open Media Pamphlet Series)by Eqbal Ahmad
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In 1985, President Ronald Reagan received a group of bearded turban-wearing men who looked like they came from another century. After receiving them in the White House, Reagan spoke to the press, referring to his foreign guests as "freedom fighters." These were the Afghan mujahideen. In August 1998, another American president ordered missile strikes from the American navy based in the Indian Ocean to kill Osama bin Laden and his men in the camps in Afghanistan. The terrorist of yesterday is the hero of today, and the hero of yesterday becomes the terrorist of today. In Terrorism: Theirs and Ours, Eqbal Ahmad holds up the concepts of "terrorist" and "freedom fighter" to U.S. foreign policy. What do these terms mean? Where do they apply? How can the roots of political violence be stemmed? An invaluable primer.
Discusses the term "terrorist" in comparison to "freedom fighter," as the two concepts are perceived in American politics, and offers the author's comments on his return from a trip to Afghanistan to interview Osama bin Laden.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan received a group of bearded turban-wearing men who looked like they came from another century. After receiving them in the White House, Reagan spoke to the press, referring to his foreign guests as "freedom fighters." These were the Afghan mujahideen. Eqbal Ahmad holds up the concepts of "terrorist" and "freedom fighter," to U.S. foreign policy.
President Reagan called Afghanistans mujahedeen the moral equivalent of our founding fathers. Thirteen years later, they were on Americas hit list. This thoughtful primer examines the role of politics in Americas foreign policy.
About the Author
EQBAL AHMAD, who passed away in 1999, was hailed by his close friend Edward Said as "perhaps the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of the postwar world, particularly of the dynamics between the West and postcolonial Asia and Africa; a man of enormous charisma, dazzling eloquence, incorruptible ideals, unfailing generosity and sympathy. Humanity and genuine secularism ... had no finer champion." Eqbal Ahmad was Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. For many years he served as managing editor of the quarterly Race and Class. His essays appeared in The Nation and other journals throughout the world.
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