New PDF release: al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise

By Christina Hellmich

ISBN-10: 1848139101

ISBN-13: 9781848139107

On account that Sep 11, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and foreign safety. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the crowd and the results of bin Ladin's dying abound. instead of simply supplying another biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative assets on which the current figuring out of al-Qaeda is predicated, reading the discrepancies among what's suggested and what can realistically be identified. the result's a penetrating perception into a firm that for all its notoriety is among the least understood of our time.

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One correspondent in Vietnam remembers that, when he went out into the field to photograph the war at first hand, ‘we used to go in teams so that if one of us got blown away the other could cover it. ’18 But then equally sick was the military’s love of phrases such as ‘accidental delivery’ and ‘friendly fire’, which soon became useful euphemisms to describe being killed accidentally by one’s own men. All they succeed in communicating is an ironic detachment from death itself. Especially indicative of this were the notorious ‘body counts’ which were employed to define success or failure, measured in terms of the number of Vietcong (VC) ‘hits’ American combat units reported each week.

When we read Homer we ask not how we resemble the heroes but how much they resemble us. In a word, every age gets the Homer it deserves, or perhaps secretly desires. As the West has evolved, so at different times its various societies under pressure from their own histories – both past and contemporary, both real and imagined, both personal and collective – have developed very varied and often sharply opposed preconceptions of the ancient Greeks’ character and achievements. It makes a great deal of difference whether you are Christian or post-Christian, a man or a woman, a German or an Englishman.

In a word, every age gets the Homer it deserves, or perhaps secretly desires. As the West has evolved, so at different times its various societies under pressure from their own histories – both past and contemporary, both real and imagined, both personal and collective – have developed very varied and often sharply opposed preconceptions of the ancient Greeks’ character and achievements. It makes a great deal of difference whether you are Christian or post-Christian, a man or a woman, a German or an Englishman.

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