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The United States and terrorism : an ironic perspective

Author: Ron Hirschbein
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is terrorism? Academics search in vain for the unholy grail: the definition of terrorism that will exonerate or condemn American officials. There are many vying definitions and no tribunal to resolve the contest. In this unique essay, Ron Hirschbein analyzes conflicts in which officials themselves called their actions 'terrorist.' He reveals that terrorism didn't always get bad press. In fact, terror bombing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Hirschbein
ISBN: 9781442237773 1442237775 9781442237797 1442237791
OCLC Number: 894625622
Description: xii, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Quest for the Unholy Grail --
World War II: Theory and Practice of Terrorism --
Celebrating Nuclear Terror: The Irony of the Cold War --
Goodwill Toward Men Without Peace on Earth --
The War on Terror --
Terrorism as Entertainment.
Responsibility: Ron Hirschbein.

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"What is terrorism? Academics search in vain for the unholy grail: the definition of terrorism that will exonerate or condemn American officials. There are many vying definitions and no tribunal to resolve the contest. In this unique essay, Ron Hirschbein analyzes conflicts in which officials themselves called their actions 'terrorist.' He reveals that terrorism didn't always get bad press. In fact, terror bombing was indispensable to winning World War II. Not only did the Allied Forces bomb German cities, but they also used the nuclear bomb in Japan, killing many noncombatant civilians. During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation became the strategy to deter war between the superpowers. Many ironies are brought to light in revisiting these conflicts, such as the fact that it was accepted that safety depended upon the willingness to detonate weapons of mass destruction. Not even American citizens enjoyed noncombatant immunity during the Cold War as they were held hostage to mutually assured destruction and marked for sacrifice in various strategic scenarios. Indeed, their lives were risked in confronting crises in Berlin and Cuba. Subsequent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the War on Terror itself, are also examined. Like World War II, all involved killing noncombatants by accident or design. Casting these conflicts in an ironic light reveals incongruities in language and situations in which triumphant dreams become self-defeating realities."--Publisher's Web site.

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