The Coalition against the “War on Terror” in Light of International Politics, Law, and Protecting Human Welfare

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Kaleem Hussain

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In the universal realms of international law, all the associated political,
social, legal, and religious actors would seek to strive to live in a world
where there is justice, peace, tolerance, enhancement of human welfare,
and friendly relations between states.1 Unfortunately, these universal
ideals are far from being achieved or adhered to in our contemporary
international society. The horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon, which provided the catalyst for the global “war on terror”
starting in Afghanistan, raises numerous questions in international law
and the global political realm. In all of its forms, terrorism is a disease
that breeds fear and leads to the devastation and destruction of human
lives, societies, and nations. It is also a topic that many historians and
legalists try to avoid, at times, due to its promiscuity and subversive
nature.
In this short article, I argue that terrorism is not a new phenomenon as
such, but that it has been part of international society throughout the ages.
However, since 9/11, it has experienced a sporadic injection and revitalization
that has raised it from a nationalistic, racial, religious, or ideological phenomenon
to one that has appeared on the global agenda with a symbolic significance.
I question the motifs of the “war on terror,” due to its relative
unpredictability, on definitional grounds. Additionally, I challenge whether
this is leading to an all-inclusive society based on uplifting human welfare,
or whether it is creating a global discord of division, tension, antagonism,
and resistance that may filter through the politics of the inter- and intrastate
system and thus create tragedy, conflict, and destruction of global
proportions ...

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