Saturday, April 14, 2007

Explaining the Terrorist Enemy

Thomas P.M. Barnett explains how and why terrorism is fostered:

The fact that we did invade Afghanistan should tell us plenty about the ultimate enemy that we face - disconnectedness. When Vladimir Lenin wanted to create the world's first socialist state in defiance of the capitalist world system he ended up in Russia, a nation whose economic development was significantly retarded - or precapitalist. Correspondingly, when bin Laden and al Qaeda sought to launch their worldwide resistance to the United States-led globalization process, they invariably settled in a nation whose economic connectivity to the outside world was severely retarded - or preglobalized. - The Pentagon's New Map, p. 94

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