By Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers is among the world's top defense specialists. because the eleven September assaults, he has been a standard visitor on television information channels all through the USA and Britain, the place he has provided specialist recommendation at the actual implications of Sep 11 and Bush's 'war on terror'. His articles in newspapers around the globe, and within the net magazine Open Democracy, became crucial analyzing for plenty of hundreds of thousands of individuals, together with executive officers, senior army, heads of UN corporations, opinion formers, reporters and peace activists. The struggle on Terror is Paul Roger's radical evaluate of Bush's new coverage, how it has affected international safeguard and the grave implications that it holds for destiny peace, not just within the center East yet during the global. relocating from the battle in Afghanistan and its aftermath to the Israeli/Palestinian clash, the continued improvement of al-Qaida and its affiliates via to the battle on Iraq, Rogers offers a uniquely cogent research of those fast and irritating events.In a global within which the united states and different states of the Atlantic neighborhood are more and more conversing a special language to that of nearly all of the area, Paul Rogers bargains an essential severe evaluation of the language of dominance and regulate as 'the New American Century' unfolds.For the USA, particularly, the post-9/11 international is one during which it truly is necessary to continue company keep watch over of overseas safeguard, extending to pre-emptive army motion. during this e-book, Rogers demonstrates how futile, improper and deeply counter-productive that trust is, and issues how to more suitable routes to a extra simply and safe global.
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The extent of the bombing was remarkable. Prior to the air attacks around Tora Bora, US strategic air attacks throughout Afghanistan had used a range of carpet bombing techniques, together with the use of cluster bombs and, on three occasions, the dropping of the massive BLU-82 slurry bombs (erroneously termed ‘daisy cutters’ which refers to a type of fuse used on these and other bombs). According to the Washington Post, seven more of these bombs were dropped on Taliban/al-Qaida positions in rapid succession, along with repeated area bombing with conventional and cluster bombs, an intensity of bombardment that greatly exceeds anything seen elsewhere in Afghanistan in the past ten weeks.
This process of fragmentation, a local version of ‘Balkanisation’, will clearly make it more difficult for the UN and other agencies to help foster a united, broad-based Afghan polity. And it has three further likely consequences – for drug production, arms importation and legal order. First, those areas under essentially local control, which are also suitable for growing opium poppies, are likely to see a substantial expansion in cultivation. Areas long controlled by the Northern Alliance were already witnessing a substantial increase in opium production, in contrast to the temporary cessation in Taliban areas.
Coupled with the US presence in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan itself, it is an indication of how far the United States has been able to extend its military presence into the wider region, as a direct consequence of 11 September. Moreover, the extension of activities into Bulgaria has been done by the United States on its own, not as part of any NATO activity. More cluster bombs In another sign of the times, the Ministry of Defence in London is extending its arrangement with the defence manufacturer Insys to maintain supplies of the BL755 cluster bomb for RAF service, at least until 2006.