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48. Communication Technologies in the Arsenal of Al Qaeda and Taliban Why the West Is Not Winning the War on Terror

Haydar Badawi Sadig, Roshan Noorzai and Hala Asmina Guta

Subject Communication and Media Studies

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405188128.2011.00049.x


The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed major changes in the global political, economic, and social landscapes. The collapse of the former Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, globalization, and global terrorism are hallmarks of a sharply altered twenty-first century. In our opinion, the sharp turn that took place at the threshold of this century, on September 11, 2001, is the culminating event which bears all the marks of the events preceding it, including the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the massive military mobilization of US Armed Forces to eject Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. The reading of this turn as only a collision between Islam and the West is a shortsighted one. The attacks have more undercurrents and more far reaching imprints and implications on the global political and socioeconomic landscape that elude the attention of most observers. In terms of international security, the possibility of war among great stateactor powers, which used to be the driver of international politics, has diminished. Instead, the threat comes from nonstate actors ( Jervis, 2009 ). Muslim grievances just happened to be on the crossroads, at a tangential point, with the West. Muslim extremists, as nonstate actors, happened to be very adept at taking full advantage of what the present global advancements in communication and transportation technologies offer. Inheriting and effectively ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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