Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Dirty Wars"

Hal Pepinsky, pepinsky@indiana.edu, “Peacemaking” at pepinsky.blogspot.com
January 22, 2013
                I defy anyone to click the link to today’s “Democracy Now!” segment on the film “Dirty Wars” that Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley are premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, and conclude that the US Government is the world’s leading and still growing terrorist force and state sponsor of terrorism, and since President Truman’s acceptance speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention  has constructed and swelled the ranks of anti-US guerrilla forces by giving them a common surnames, originally “Communists,” now “al Qaeda.”   If terrorism is the greatest threat to US national security, meet the enemy: the enemy is us.  If we US criminologists allow ourselves to include state action in our definition of terrorism, if we define terrorism as first-degree murder, and if serial first-degree murder is the most serious of violent crimes, should not our theories of today’s violent criminal careers be grounded in the study of habitual offender groups like the US Special Operations Command and its commanders, who carry on globally terrorizing and killing innocents in our name?  Without that conceptually grounding, our claims to knowledge of international violent crime are premature, if not morally bankrupt.  Love and peace--hal

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