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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Keeping us in the dark

My latest New Matilda column is published and discusses our infantile debates around terrorism:

"It's a petrifying thought that Australia could be vulnerable to terrorist attack. But do we know how much reliable information about terrorism we are actually receiving? In the Western media, there appear to be limits on the acceptable parameters of the debate surrounding terrorism. Two recently released books received little coverage in the Australian media, despite offering major revelations into the function of the 'War on Terror'.

"There are limits on such debates because our media and political elite are either unwilling or incapable of seriously analysing Western culpability for terror. Islamic fundamentalism threatens our safety and peace-of-mind, but Western-sponsored State terror has killed far more people than al-Qaeda could ever hope to. This is the unspoken reality of the terrorism debate."

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Blogger Wombat said...

I could not agree more Antony. you are absolutely spot on with this statement.

There is no question that the whole notion of terror is being manipulated and milked for all it's worth to further domestic policy. In the US this has become common to the poin tha Department of Homeland security even admitte that it's color coded warnings were often unsubstantiated.

Keep people in a state of fear and they become maleable.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 11:50:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Sadly, history is filled with many examples...

Thursday, October 06, 2005 11:52:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Addamo_01, on the topic of fear and its uses in politics, I recommend Ira Chernus' recent piece, "Beyond the (In)Security State: Where Fear Can't Take Us".

Chernus suggests that mainstream society and politics in the US (and, I would argue, with parallels in most western democracies) are shaped by fear, and that this has been the case for the last sixty years. Chernus suggests that this condition is so endemic that it has crippled the liberal opposition, too - popular political discourse is degenerating into an argument about who can keep us "safer". A pradigm shift is required, he argues, away from a culture of fear and toward one of hope and imagination.

Saturday, October 08, 2005 11:34:00 pm  

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