From British daily The Morning Star:
A terrifying truth
(Sunday 23 March 2008)
War On Terror, Inc: Corporate Profiteering From the Politics of Fear by Solomon Hughes
TOM MELLEN learns how the ‘security-industrial complex’ is cashing on our politicians’ promises to protect us from harm.
THE words “war on terror” have slowly but surely been exorcised from the government’s vocabulary, but no new newspeak has yet been cooked up to replace them.
Saatchi and Saatchi chief Kevin Roberts attempted a rebrand, but all he could come up with was “global struggle against violent extremism,” which never caught on, perhaps because Jacqui Smith started using it.
The problem, as Solomon Hughes makes crystal clear in War on Terror, Inc, is not one of bodged presentation.
New Labour is simply too deeply compromised by its exploitation of the politics of fear at home and its disastrous military interventions abroad to get out of it with a bit of expensive spin.
Civilians, not to mention soldiers, are dying every day in Iraq and Afghanistan and teachers’ pet David Miliband has cemented his new Labour credentials by launching a spirited defence of liberal interventionism, just when you were hoping that it was going out of style.
So, tolerating business as usual means that it is only a matter of time before our boys are called upon to, once again, wage asymmetric warfare in the service of Miliband’s muscular humanitarianism – and all in the name of the national interest.
Hughes shows that a decisive break with the war on terror world view can only come when the British people form a government that wages war on the military-industrial complex itself rather than underdeveloped, impoverished former colonies.
He argues that, since the collapse of the USSR, the military-industrial complex which so concerned Eisenhower has evolved into what he terms the security-industrial complex, an unholy alliance of prison privateers, mercenary outfits, war contractors such as Halliburton and the political elites of the US and Britain.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Germany over the weekend to take part in the traditional Easter peace marches against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: here.
The ‘Blair doctrine’ and after: five years of ‘humanitarian intervention’: here.
‘Humanitarian intervention’ ideology and the Left in Japan: here.