In this edition of Peace and Justice News we consider how the ‘war on terror’ begun by President Bush, has become a war of terror, where the counter-terrorism measures used by Western powers have all too much in common with the techniques used by terrorists to spread fear. We look at what this may mean in practice, as Heather Tait considers the broad sweep of US foreign policy, beginning with the all-out anti-terror campaign of George W Bush which led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the destabilising of a vast area of the Muslim world, and going on to compare the ‘soaring rhetoric’ and good intentions of Barack Obama with what this looks like in practice. Honing in on one specific area of US policy, Helen Harris looks at the use of unmanned combat drones, their effects and their legality.
Varsha Gyawali continues in her series to bring to our attention those who work tirelessly for peace and justice, but do not always get the recognition they deserve, looking this month at the group ‘Witness against Torture’.
And of course we also feature, Centre News, News from Around the Movements, and our reflection from Jane Tallents, which builds on last month’s discussion concerning NATO and nuclear weapons.
It should also be noted that any reader who wishes to submit a piece, on any theme, is to be encouraged to do so. Contact details are to be found in the inside front cover of this issue.