The Golden Rule Of State Violence: Terrorism Is What They Do; Counterterrorism Is What We Do

Publisher:  Medialens
Date Written:  20/09/2011
Year Published:  2011  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13629

A defining feature of state power is rhetoric about a ‘moral’ or ‘ethical’ role in world affairs. Errors of judgement, blunders and tactical mistakes can, and do, occur. But the motivation underlying state policy is fundamentally benign. Reporters and commentators, trained or selected for professional ‘reliability’, tend to slavishly adopt this prevailing ideology.

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