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The Construction of Synthetic Terror

September 05, 2007 by C R Sridhar

Implicit in the strident rhetoric on the War against Terror is a Manichean struggle between Good and Evil symbolized by the clash between Western Democracies espousing liberal values and Islamic totalitarianism representing obscurantist religious dogmas. The simplification of the issue of terrorism was evident when George Bush in his address to the National Endowment for Democracy said ‘some call this evil Islamic radicalism; others, militant Jihadism; still others, Islamo-fascism. This form of radicalism exploits Islam to serve a violent, political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom.’ The whipped up frenzy of al Quaeda and the shadowy figure of utmost evil Osama Bin Laden is standard fare in most media reinforcing the mass hysteria about terrorism.

Post 9/11; there have been growing voices of dissent that the demonisation of Islam as a prime agent of terrorism is an artificial construct to suit the interests of a narrow oligarchy in the US government linked to the powerful oil lobby. ‘ We must stress the idea, unfamiliar and suppressed as it is,’ says W.G. Tarpley, a Fulbright Scholar and an expert on terrorism, ‘that the vast majority of international terrorism conducted on a spectacular scale is indeed state-sponsored terrorism.’ ‘The Arab who feels sympathy,’ he continues, ‘for al Qaeda needs to be forcefully reminded that al Quaeda was created by CIA and continues to be steered by the CIA, through various intermediaries and cut-outs, or discreet go-betweens.’ Terrorism in the modern era is the means adopted by Oligarchies to wage war against its own members of society when its power is threatened.1 Such terror is synthetic in nature as it is artificially created, shaped and guided by a shadowy government for its own ends

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