Globalization of Terror
September 11 and the "War against Evil"
By Bernd Drucke
[This article originally published in: graswurzel-revolution 267 march 2002 is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, www.graswurzel.net/267/prokla.shtml.]
"Violence is not simply `spontaneous' with a mysterious origin. Rather violence has a pre-history" (Wolf-Dieter Narr).
Alternative journals often have small circulations. The quarterly Prokla, a "journal for critical social science" published since 1971 with an edition of 1200 copies, discusses themes from politics, political economy, sociology and social history. Social hierarchies of power, polarizations in the international system, social relations to nature and the transformation of eastern European societies are emphasized.
The latest edition is devoted to the theme "globalization of terror". The themes violence, globalization, terror and the international political situation after September 11 are analyzed on a high level. "Since the assassinations are charged to an evil from the outside, one's own society appears good, nonviolent or peaceful. The attacker is violent; one's own violence is only the legitimate defense of the `free world'. The violence of one's own rule of law is successfully faded out." (Editorial)
The article "Violence and Globalization" by the Committee for Basic Rights and Democracy activist Wolf-Dieter Narr is outstanding:
"Since the violent acts of September 11 were overladen with so much symbolic meaning that cannot be neatly separated from their `real' effects, a pause for reflection that would have encouraged a reasonable reaction didn't occur. These violent acts did not open eyes. They generated blind reactions where the dominant symbolic American authority seemed most symbolically wounded."
The article "New World Order" by Brigitte Young and Simon Hegelich is helpful. Many things remained the same after September 11.
With her text, "Apocalypse Now?", Iris Bunger from the Duisburg Institute for Language- and Social Research critically analyzes the reporting of the BILD newspaper from September 12 to November 7, 2001. I applaud the anti-militarist position of the author. She briefly mentions the Wickert case. That the BILD campaign against the moderator was a classical mud-throwing campaign to eliminate critical thinking from the media did not emerge in her cautious analysis.
Joachim Hirsch's article "Globalization and Terror" stresses:
"One of the ironies of the actual development is that the governmental reactions to terror produced what the terrorists intended. The `western civilization' supposedly to be defended shows its disagreeable face. This works for the repression of democratic and social movements, not against repression. Hard times require sober calculation, political insight, sense of distance and great practical engagement. The `civilizing of capitalism', as the most recent developments teach again, must ultimately remain an illusion."
Hopefully this volume will contribute to the politization of socioeconomic circles. In times when anti-militarist teachers and scholars critical of the state must reckon with their suspension (see "Muzzle against Anti-Militarists", graswurzelrevolution 265), it is a glimmer of hope when journals like Prokla with clear analyses cast light in the world darkened by capitalism, militarism and just war.