U.S.’s New(est) Take on ‘Terrorism’   2 comments

Chic, President & CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding, recently posted this (I believe) on AfP’s website:

Dear AfP Members,

As you know, last summer the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional right of the government to prohibit and criminalize anything that could in any way be deemed “material support” for organizations on the State Department’s terrorist organization list. The court went so far as to explicitly include efforts to persuade terrorists to renounce violence in the forbidden activities.

The article continues with a rant regarding how the Court’s decision may or may not alter AfP’s stance on their current and future work. I post this ruling (in the words of Chic) just to start a dialogue with my readers.

  1. If we cannot call it ‘the war on terror(ism)’ or call terrorists ‘terrorists’, what has the U.S. government retitled this ‘outdated’ terminology/with what alternative phrasing?
  2. If conflict intervention is to get at the root cause(s) of the initial friction (which most likely involves key and ‘evil’ stakeholders) but the U.S.’ stance is “we wont deal with ‘terrorist’, e.g.: giving them material goods”, then how do we get at the problem in hopes of peace transformation??

I say scratch the law. If I personally am able to talk with Bin Laden (or the like) and teach him vital negotiation skills and/or equally imperative knowledge to assure him having an even (or more even) play field, Bin Laden may be more willing to chat over some tea in hopes of a possible resolution. This goes with Prof. Lawrence E. Susskind‘s negotiational theory of allowing/assuring all members at the negotiation-table obtain even and equal information so there is no hierarchical nature between each stakeholder. Also, and another noteworthy source, coincides with Prof. Robert Mnookin’s book Bargaining with the Devil.

Thoughts, folks

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Posted February 14, 2011 by Travis Warrington in Conflict

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  1. Do you use twitter so I can follow you? It would be great to be informed about the newest post on this blog.

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