By Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers is likely one of the world's best defense specialists. because the eleven September assaults, he has been a typical visitor on television information channels all through the USA and Britain, the place he has provided professional suggestion at the genuine implications of 9-11 and Bush's 'war on terror'. His articles in newspapers around the globe, and within the internet magazine Open Democracy, became crucial examining for plenty of millions of individuals, together with executive officers, senior army, heads of UN companies, opinion formers, newshounds and peace activists. The struggle on Terror is Paul Roger's radical review of Bush's new coverage, how it has affected international defense and the grave implications that it holds for destiny peace, not just within the heart East yet in the course of the global. relocating from the battle in Afghanistan and its aftermath to the Israeli/Palestinian clash, the continued improvement of al-Qaida and its affiliates via to the warfare on Iraq, Rogers offers a uniquely cogent research of those swift and hectic events.In an international during which the USA and different states of the Atlantic neighborhood are more and more talking a special language to that of nearly all of the realm, Paul Rogers bargains an important severe evaluate of the language of dominance and regulate as 'the New American Century' unfolds.For the USA, specifically, the post-9/11 global is one within which it really is necessary to continue company keep watch over of foreign safeguard, extending to pre-emptive army motion. during this ebook, Rogers demonstrates how futile, wrong and deeply counter-productive that trust is, and issues tips to more desirable routes to a extra simply and safe global.
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Latest developments During the past week there have been two significant developments, both of which point to the future direction of the war. The first is that the United States has extended its policy of using local militia as ground troops with the US providing air power and Special Operations Forces and substantial quantities of arms and other equipment. The speed of the Taliban withdrawal from Northern Afghanistan was partly caused by the rapid arming of Northern Alliance forces, with arms coming from Russia but largely paid for by the US.
US action would probably follow a broadly similar pattern to that of the war in Afghanistan, with Special Forces units working in concert with air attacks. In such circumstances, civilian casualties Rogers 01 intro 20/10/03 9:19 Page 53 WAR IN AFGHANISTAN – II 53 would be likely, with predictable effects on public opinion and the prospect of real opposition to the Musharraf regime. The second option would be for the Pakistani authorities to take firm action themselves, but this is made highly unlikely given the current dangerous confrontation with India.
Even as the war in Afghanistan was proceeding in a manner satisfying to Washington, there was a prescient warning from the British Chief of the Defence Staff that such success did not mean a wider victory in the ‘war on terror’. Such a warning appeared to have little effect on attitudes in Washington, even though it was becoming clear that Taliban and al-Qaida militia had little difficulty in moving between Afghanistan and Pakistan. More generally, the US security agenda was developing along unilateral lines, not least with the opposition to any strengthening of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
A War On Terror: Afghanistan and After by Paul Rogers