‘War on Terror’ Watch
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.