The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God


Author: Lee Griffith
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802828606
Category: Political Science
Page: 399
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Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression. With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called "Islamic terrorists" -- it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a "worldwide epidemic of violence. In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of "rogue states" but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle. In response to today's culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of "the terror of God" stands as a renunciation of all violence -- and of death itself. Posing a radical faith for radical times, "The War onTerrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.

How to Win a Cosmic War

God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror
Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 1400066727
Category: Political Science
Page: 228
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Looks at the ideology of al-Qaida, the Taliban, and other Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world.

God willing?

political fundamentalism in the White House, the "War on Terror", and the echoing press
Author: David Scott Domke
Publisher: Pluto Pr
ISBN: 9780745323060
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
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Reveals how George W. Bush's religious fundamentalism has been transformed into political policy.

State Terrorism and the United States

From Counterinsurgency to the War on Terrorism
Author: Frederick Henry Gareau
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 9781842775356
Category: Contre-rébellion
Page: 254
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This is a chilling analysis of the immediate predecessor of the US war on terrorism: its counter-insurgency policy during the Cold War. The US promised a low level response uniquely tailored to assisting third world states to respond to local insurgencies seeking social change. Drawing on the reports of Truth Commissions from six countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and Indonesia, Frederick Gareau examines a harrowing array of human rights abuses by US-supported dictators, governments and paramilitary groups against their own peoples. He shows that state and para-statal forces committed by far the greatest proportion of violence, and that these state repressions were perpetrated with Washington's full awareness, complicity, and military and politico-diplomatic support, if not at its instigation.

Philosophical Perspectives on the 'War on Terrorism'


Author: Gail M. Presbey
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042021969
Category: Political Science
Page: 490
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Philosophy of Peace (POP), in conjunction with Concerned Philosophers for Peace, explores socio-political and ethical perspectives on modern warfare, peacemaking, and conflict resolution, including the many forms of domestic and global violence, such as sexism, racism, and classism. This book responds to the Bush Administration position on the "war on terror." It examines preemption within the context of "just war"; justification for the United States-led invasion of Iraq, with some authors charging that its tactics serve to increase terror; global terrorism; and concepts such as reconciliation, Islamic identity, nationalism, and intervention. The Value Inquiry Book Series (VIBS) is an international scholarly program, founded in 1992 by Robert Ginsberg, that publishes philosophical books in all areas of value inquiry, including social and political thought, ethics,, applied philosophy, aesthetics: feminism, pragmatism, personalism, religious values, health values, values in education, values in science and technology, humanistic psychology, cognitive science, formal axiology, history of philosophy, post-communist thought, peace theory, law and society, and theory of culture.

The Secular Outlook

In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism
Author: Paul Cliteur
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444390445
Category: Philosophy
Page: 328
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The Secular Outlook: In Defense of Moral and Political Secularism shows how people can live together and overcome the challenge of religious terrorism by adopting a "secular outlook" on life and politics. Shows how secularism can answer the problem of religious terrorism Provides new perspectives on how religious minorities can be integrated into liberal democracies Reveals how secularism has gained a new political and moral significance. Also examines such topics as atheism, religious criticism and free speech

Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil

The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism
Author: Robert Jewett,John Shelton Lawrence
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802828590
Category: Political Science
Page: 392
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Grasping this vision honored by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike includes recognizing the dangers of zealous violence, the illusions of current crusading, and the promise of peaceful coexistence under international law.

Knowing the Enemy

Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror
Author: Mary R. Habeck
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300122572
Category: Political Science
Page: 243
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A penetrating look into the inner logic of al-Qa'ida and like-minded extremist groups by which they justify September 11 and other terrorist attacks includes specific ideologies of jihadism, a new movement that allows members to call for the destruction of democracy and to murder innocent men, women, and children.

Terror in the Mind of God

The Global Rise of Religious Violence
Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520240117
Category: Political Science
Page: 319
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This well-regarded look at the connection between religion and terrorism has been updated to include events of September 11, 2001. Its focus is to better understand how and why some people are willing to commit acts of violence in the name of their god(s) and a greater good.

Beyond Fundamentalism

Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization
Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780679604242
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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“A very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism” (The Washington Post) from the bestselling author of Zealot and host of CNN’s Believer The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war—a war that can’t be won. Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root. How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one. Featuring new content and updated analysis • Originally published as How to Win a Cosmic War “[A] thoughtful analysis of America’s War on Terror.” —The New Yorker “Offers a very persuasive argument for the best way to counter jihadism.”—The Washington Post “[Reza] Aslan dissects a complex subject (terrorism and globalization) and distills it with a mix of narrative writing, personal anecdotes, reportage and historical analysis.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Aslan is not only a perspicuous, thoughtful interpreter of the Muslim world but also a subtle psychologist of the call to jihad.”—Los Angeles Times “[A] meaty analysis of the rise of Jihadism . . . dispels common misconceptions of the War on Terror age.”—San Jose Mercury News “It is Aslan’s great gift to see things clearly, and to say them clearly, and in this important new work he offers us a way forward. He is prescriptive and passionate, and his book will make you think.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion

Iraq, Terror, and the Philippines' Will to War


Author: James A. Tyner
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742538610
Category: Political Science
Page: 145
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After September 11, 2001, United States President George W. Bush put together a "Coalition of the Willing." From the very beginning this coalition included the Philippines, a willing participant in the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq and the larger War on Terror. This timely and persuasive book argues that the Philippines' recent foreign policy must be understood by considering three factors: the crucial role of overseas employment to the Philippine economy, the mendicant relationship between the Philippines and the United States, and the Catholicism of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Between September 11 and August 4, 2004, the Philippine State identified itself as a loyal and supportive member of the Coalition of the Willing, in part to take advantage of the labor opportunities in the reconstruction efforts of Iraq. However, in the face of mounting violence and instability in the war-torn country, the Philippines became increasingly reluctant to actively participate in the coalition. When Angelo de la Cruz, a Filipino truck driver, was kidnapped, the Philippine government withdrew its forces from Iraq. This decision can only be understood in the context of Macapagal-Arroyo's political fundamentalism. Specifically, Macapagal-Arroyo believed that it was God's will to spare the life of de la Cruz. This study of the Philippines' recent foreign policy examines the interconnections of international relations, transnational labor migration, military conflict, theology, and terrorism. It is unique in its explicit examination of peripheral states' participation in the War on Terror, the invasion of Iraq, and the Coalition of the Willing, as well as its willingness to discuss the religious context of a state's foreign policy.

Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God

From Revolution to Institutionalization
Author: E. Azani
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230116299
Category: Political Science
Page: 293
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The book examines the Hezbollah movement from a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, historical, and systematic perspective to explain how it has evolved since its inception in the early 1980s to the present.

With God on All Sides

Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America
Author: Douglas A. Hicks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199831050
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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Perhaps no other nation is or has ever been as religiously diverse as the United States. For elected officials, school principals, corporate leaders, and many others, this diversity poses unique challenges. Leaders bring their own faiths to public life, and they daily encounter followers of similar and different faiths. Good leadership must draw together people from varied backgrounds in order to achieve something in common. This is no simple task. How should leaders deal with menorahs and crosses, veils and turbans, prayers and holidays? How do they and their followers turn the cacophony of beliefs and practices into a kind of citizenship worthy of the American tradition of religious freedom? How can they honor the religious convictions of all Americans? In With God on All Sides, Douglas A. Hicks provides a roadmap for leaders as they traverse the post-9/11 landscape. Although the devout possess moral and spiritual resources that can enrich civic life, leaders must also be prepared to cope with nearly inevitable conflicts between people of different faiths. Yet wise leaders can find ways to transform the problem of diversity into an opportunity. Drawing on their moral and spiritual resources, Americans of all creeds have the capacity to enhance the quality of our civic debate. Their faith-based practices create occasions for mutual learning. Hicks tells the stories of how diverse Americans have transformed public controversies into cases of cooperation. The key to good leadership, Hicks writes, is to engage one another across lines of difference with a spirit of humility, build communication and trust, and offer an inclusive vision that is true to America's principles. Based on years of research and practical experience, With God on All Sides provides an invaluable and thought-provoking guide to leadership--and citizenship--in our devout and diverse nation.

Spaces of Security and Insecurity

Geographies of the War on Terror
Author: Dr Alan Ingram,Professor Klaus Dodds
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409488101
Category: Science
Page: 302
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Drawing on critical geopolitics and related strands of social theory, this book combines new case studies with theoretical and methodological reflections on the geographical analysis of security and insecurity. It brings together a mixture of early career and more established scholars and interprets security and the war on terror across a number of domains, including: international law, religion, migration, development, diaspora, art, nature and social movements. At a time when powerful projects of globalization and security continue to extend their reach over an increasingly wide circle of people and places, the book demonstrates the relevance of critical geographical imaginations to an interrogation of the present.

The Church Library on Christian Concerns and Solutions


Author: Corbin M. Wright
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781438902128
Category: Reference
Page: 192
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A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS Sometimes wisdom comes with age. Im 76 now and I feel Ive attained some of this wisdom, so therefore I want to share all of this with you. This Christian pragmatic book then deals with many of the concerns in which the church or Christians should be involved. To look at the many topics that this book covers you should look at the table of contents in front of the book, and each topic can be read independently from each other, so that you just have to read those topics in this book in which youre really interested. Ive already published all these chapters over Internet and have recorded a total readership of over 14,000 people. Ive also been designated as a Platinum Internet writer. Looking at my background further, Ive attained a B.A. in Political Science (Roanoke College), a Masters Degree in Religious Education (NYTS) and Ive been a Christian since 1958. Im an Accountant, been active in Politics and have taught Business English to some of the top managers in Argentina for 25 years.

The War on Terror Encyclopedia: From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond

From the Rise of Al-Qaeda to 9/11 and Beyond
Author: Jan Goldman Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610695119
Category: Political Science
Page: 492
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This fascinating reference chronicles the individuals, operations, and events of the War on Terror around the world, exploring its causes and consequences through the lens of policy, doctrine, and tactics of combat. • Features a timeline that enables readers to quickly grasp the succession of key events and developments in the War on Terror • Highlights specific individuals on both sides of this conflict, providing an objective and fair-minded approach to the topic • Provides a bibliography that directs students toward additional sources of information for further research • Connects related entries through helpful cross references

Reframing 9/11

Film, Popular Culture and the “War on Terror”
Author: Jeff Birkenstein,Anna Froula,Karen Randell
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441119051
Category: Social Science
Page: 242
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A collection of analyses focusing on popular culture as a profound discursive site of anxiety and discussion about 9/11 and demystifies the day's events.

The War on Terror

How Should Christians Respond?
Author: Nick Solly Megoran,David W. Augsburger
Publisher: Ivp Books
ISBN: 9780830834877
Category: Political Science
Page: 190
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How do we love our enemies in an age of war and terror? This book does not offer easy answers, but it gives resources for approaching them from a Christian perspective. By bringing solid biblical exposition to bear on the geopolitical events of our day, political geographer Nick Solly Megoran provides a balanced, Christian approach to the church's witness in an age of war and terror. He first addresses why war happens and what our response should be. Then he explores practical aspects of being citizens of heaven and how Christians can cultivate skills of peacemaking and forgiveness. With vivid illustrations and global examples of Christian courage in the face of adversity, he shows how the gospel brings hope to a violent world. Appendices give additional study guides on different Christian approaches to war, terrorism, just-war theory and pacifism. Market/Audience Church leaders Laypeople Evangelists and missionaries Seminary students and professors Features and Benefits Solid biblical exposition on key passages related to war and peacemaking Balanced, global perspective, with illustrations and examples from around the world Includes pros and cons of Christian approaches to just war and pacifism

Risk and the War on Terror


Author: Louise Amoore,Marieke de Goede
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134068352
Category: Political Science
Page: 296
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This book offers the first comprehensive and critical investigation of the specific modes of risk calculation that are emerging in the so-called War on Terror. Risk and the War on Terror offers an interdisciplinary set of contributions which debate and analyze both the empirical manifestations of risk in the War on Terror and their theoretical implications. From border controls and biometrics to financial targeting and policing practice, the imperative to deploy public and private data in order to ‘connect the dots’ of terrorism risk raises important questions for social scientists and practitioners alike. How are risk technologies redeployed from commercial, environmental and policing domains to the domain of the War on Terror? How can the invocation of risk in the War on Terror be understood conceptually? Do these moves embody transformations from sovereignty to governmentality; from discipline to risk; from geopolitics to biopolitics? What are the implications of such moves for the populations that come to be designated as ‘risky’ or ‘at risk’? Where are the gaps, ambiguities and potential resistances to these practices? In contrast with previous historical moments of risk measurement, governing by risk in the War on Terror has taken on a distinctive orientation to an uncertain future. This book will be of strong interest to students and researchers of international studies, political science, geography, legal studies, criminology and sociology.

At the Heart of Terror

Islam, Jihadists, and America's War on Terrorism
Author: Monte Palmer,Princess Palmer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742536036
Category: Political Science
Page: 293
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This accessible and deeply informed book examines the threat that Muslim extremists pose to America and suggests steps that will facilitate U.S. efforts to defeat them.