Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens by Michael A. Innes

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The conflict on terror's emphasis on denying sanctuary and secure havens to terrorists has put a top rate on actual territory, from mountain caves and frontier hideouts to the bordered international of recent states. Denial of Sanctuary highlights the bounds of traditional considering at the topic, and indicates new methods to realizing this advanced and misunderstood function of recent conflict.Critics of the struggle on terror have pointed to the futility of waging warfare on a tactic. Its emphasis on denying sanctuary and secure havens to terrorists, rooted essentially in conventional counterinsurgency idea and poorly conceptualized coverage statements, has put a top class on actual territory, from mountain caves and frontier hideouts to the bordered global of contemporary states. to completely comprehend sanctuaries is to discover the issues and pitfalls of waging struggle on locations—exposing the key lives of a number of hidden worlds, jam-packed with extremists, criminals, infantrymen, and spies, with the pious and the profane, with hazards that lie less than the outside and within the margins. As this quantity makes abundantly transparent, the sort of murky underground is much extra complicated and sundry than the traditional knowledge suggests.Terrorists have hidden in simple sight in glossy towns, used complicated communications know-how to construct digital refuges, crafted militant enclaves out of the disarray of failed states, flocked to especially harmful rebel battlespaces, and usually challenged the protecting limits of legislations, citizenship, and country. Denial of Sanctuary brings jointly best specialists within the box to extend the talk; to discover the roots, explanations and outcomes of the matter; and to elucidate our knowing of sanctuary in terrorist suggestion and perform.

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61 Consider also that government efforts to qualify public understanding of ideology in this context often come across as thinly veiled cultural critiques. Setting this aside, ideology is constrained in its focus on revolutionary beliefsets or worldviews that can be real or perceived threats to the status quo. 62 For jihadi terrorists, for example, martyrdom may ensure the path to heaven, but possible motives for sacrificing the self on behalf of an organization or cause are many. Social welfare and support to the families of suicide attackers, for example, arguably offer relief or refuge from economic distress—pointing to what may be poorly understood incentives for terrorist activity.

The problem is that the political geography of conflict has changed, but some of the same exercises in representation are rehearsed. Similar to previous eras, geopolitics is seen as a global enterprise: The War on Terror involves all the netwar, the modern geopolitical imagination, and the death of the civilian 37 countries of the world. 11 The continuation of other elements of the modern geopolitical imagination is, however, more ambiguous and ultimately problematic for counterterrorist policy.

21 Within the broader narrative of the dangers posed by radical Islam, it is often argued that Islamic charities, associations, and nongovernmental organizations can also provide support for “Islamic terrorists,” either intentionally or inadvertently. 24 Another popular narrative is that democracy and freedom in liberal states provides a “haven” or “sanctuary” for terrorists, as it allows them to move about, organize and generally operate without interference from the authorities. ”25 Politically, this narrative has been used as a reason for restricting civil liberties.

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