The “war on terror” has been a disaster

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Righteous, boundless and interminable — this was war after 9/11. It was not really governed by material concerns and strategic interests. Like the liberal interventionism that informed it, it was a hypermoralised crusade against the abstract forces of ‘evil’ or ‘terror.’ It was existential, a means to provide the US-led West with a sense of purpose. But, as abstract as the war on terror was, it still had to be fought somewhere — this was a performance of Western virtue in need of a stage. And so, from 2001 onwards, the US and its allies toured their morality play around Asia, the Middle East and Africa.” (09/07/21)