The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Kimmerling on "Sacred Rage"

Leftist post-Zionist thinker and Israeli sociologist Baruch Kimmerling review three books on terror for The Nation:

Since 9/11, terror has become one of the most fashionable issues on both the American and the international agenda, and almost every publisher has rushed to publish a book written by one of the instantly created "experts on terrorism." These "merchants of fear," together with other interested political actors--such as the current leaders of the United States and Israel--thus unwittingly play directly into the hands of the terrorists, whose main objective is less to kill than to sow anxiety and panic. Ironically, from this perspective, Al Qaeda and the US Administration, as well as the Israeli right and Hamas, have a common aim: namely, to increase fear in order to recruit and manipulate their own people against their respective "other."

Read the whole article for his interesting take on the problems with defining terrorism.