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By Ian Ward

The connection among legislations and terrorism has re-emerged lately as a urgent factor in modern jurisprudence. Terrorism appears to be like to take legislations to its restrict, when the calls for of counter-terrorism carry the reason for justice in contempt. At this aspect the case for enticing substitute highbrow ways and assets is compelling. Ian Ward argues that via a more in-depth appreciation of the moral and aesthetical dimensions of terror, in addition to the old, political and cultural, we will be able to larger understand glossy expressions and reviews of terrorism. therefore, along juristic responses to trendy expressions of terrorism, legislation, textual content, Terror examines numerous supplementary literary texts in addition to substitute highbrow techniques; from the drama of Euripides and Shakespeare, to the rhetoric and poetry of Burke and Shelley, the literary feminisms of Lessing and Rame, and the narrative existentialism of Conrad, Coetzee, Dostoevsky and DeLillo.

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Of course, it might be countered that the forms of political violence perpetrated and suffered in these contexts were not really terrorist. But that would depend upon our willingness to buy into one of the central planks of counter-terrorist rhetoric; that terrorism can only be conducted by ‘others’, by outlaws, by those who exist beyond the state. And, following Shelley, we will already have confirmed that this is one of the most debilitating of mythologies. States terrorise their citizens, and those who they deem ‘other’.

48 It possesses, as Michel Foucault confirms, a ‘magical aspect’. 52 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 For, as Christian Bourguet has emphasised, the issue of terrorism must always be comprehended on a ‘plane of symbols’. Quoted in Pilger, Lies, 594. See also Kapitan, ‘Terrorism’, 48–51. Eagleton, Holy Terror, vi. According to Khachig Tololyan one of the chief failings of so much critical commentary on terrorism is that it tends to the analytical and universal, presuming certain core characteristics that might be uncovered.

S. Benhabib, ‘Unholy Wars’, Constellations, 9 (2002), 35. Amis, Plane, 12. See also Guardian Review, 19 May 2007, 4, citing the similar sentiments of Jay McInerney and Ian McEwan. Faludi, Dream, 339. 27 Ruthven, Fury, 1–2. The metaphor is deployed throughout Dream. For an initial justification, see 2–6. Zizek, Desert, 9–11, 16. See also F. Megret, ‘Justice in Times of Violence’, European Journal of International Law, 14 (2003), 330–1; M. Cusimano, ‘Globalization, Ethics, and the War on Terrorism’, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, 16 (2002), 66, 77; X.

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