‘War on Terror’ Watch

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

As we re­ported last week in Mizzima Weekly Is­sue 48, a Spe­cial Is­sue, the Paris ter­ror­ist at­tacks are hav­ing, and will have, far reach­ing con­se­quences around the world, with the dan­ger – as al­ready clearly seen – of gov­ern­ments and peo­ple over­re­act­ing. As this is­sue of Mizzima Weekly goes to press, the au­thor­i­ties in Brussels had lifted their “lock­down” of the city, but re­tained sol­diers on the streets, emer­gency pow­ers and the right to ar­rest peo­ple with­out charge and close down web­sites.

The Bel­gium peo­ple had been told by their gov­ern­ment not to use so­cial me­dia in a way that might help ter­ror­ists who they claimed planned to at­tack the city. Tongue-in-cheek, many Brussels res­i­dents took to send­ing pho­tos on Face­book and Twit­ter of cats, some seem­ingly dressed as ter­ror­ists, in re­sponse to this call to muz­zle the pop­u­lace.

In an at­tempt to con­tinue to track ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity and the re­sponse of gov­ern­ments, we are run­ning the fol­low­ing two col­umns from Project Syn­di­cate that in ef­fect of­fer two dif­fer­ing re­sponses to ter­ror­ism and the so-called “war on terror”.

Most of the main­stream me­dia in the West has been fail­ing to of­fer back­ground and con­text to the un­fold­ing events, tend­ing on the whole to ac­cept the ver­sions of events put for­ward by gov­ern­ments. As we briefly out­lined in Mizzima Weekly Is­sue 48, the US-led “war on terror” is based on shaky foun­da­tions, not least be­cause the full truth of the 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the United States has yet to be fully re­vealed. The lat­est events in Paris and Brussels, in ad­di­tion to the at­tacks and clashes in Syria, are also sub­ject to the fog of war.

As high­lighted in last week’s is­sue, the Paris at­tacks and the “war on terror” mat­ter to Myan­mar be­cause there is se­ri­ous dan­ger the coun­try will get caught up in this di­vi­sive con­flict. The fol­low­ing two com­men­taries of­fer dif­fer­ing view­points. They do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect the ed­i­to­rial line of Mizzima Weekly.

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