Friday, April 05, 2002

Global Morality by DEMOS

There are three important characteristics of new wars. One is that new
wars are fought not by States, but by networks...Now a second
characteristic of these new wars which is very important is the fact
that instead of being wars in which you mobilise people to achieve
military objectives like capturing territory, the point of the violence
is political mobilisation...The third characteristic, which I won't go
into, is the link with the criminal economy, I don't really want to talk
about that now. What I want to make clear is that the implications of
these characteristics is that these are wars that are profoundly
difficult to end, because the power of the networks depends both on
sustaining fear and hate, their ideology depends on sustaining fear and
hate, and also their economic sources."

"It's a strictly market view of the world that decides that men and
women are equal. It's a non-market hierarchical, militarily oriented
view of the world that decides that men are better than women, largely
because of their superior capacity for violence."

"On the question of September 11th, I think what's very interesting
about September 11th is the way in which the Americans have managed to
lose the moral high ground actually quite quickly."

"What we've seen since then is essentially unilateralist action returned
to American unilateralist action, the kind that we've seen before with
Tony Blair providing a kind of figleaf of respectability and a few bombs
and soldiers. I think that's fantastically depressing. I was writing
about the Taliban from 1996 onwards at a time when people were not very
interested in them at all, and it was always clear that the Taliban was
not an indigenous organisation or indeed an organisation that could
sustain itself without support from Pakistan."

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