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Price of Fear The Truth Behind the Financial War on Terror

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ISBN-10: 0520253701

ISBN-13: 9780520253704

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ibrahim Warde

List price: $85.00
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In America's global war on terror, the campaign being waged on the financial front is the least likely to be questioned or investigated. When the State Department claims to have struck a blow at the heart of the international terrorist finance network, even the most hardened of commentators takes the statement at face value. But as Ibrahim Warde argues in this myth-shattering book, the series of financial crackdowns initiated by the U.S. government since the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks have had virtually no impact on terrorism. This is because, as he demonstrates, these actions are based on a fundamental misconception of how terrorism works. Warde shows how operations such as the 9/11 attacks were actually financed, and he brilliantly juxtaposes the reality of shoestring budgets and envelopes of cash against the prevailing fantasy of a buzzing transnational network of seamless electronic transfers. Warde argues that the real purpose of the financial war is to create at least one front on which there can be unexamined "victories" and to provide the state with the power it seeks to damage people and organizations it doesn't like. Incisive, acerbic and utterly compelling, Warde's book brings to our attention the absurdities of a phony war.
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 261
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Fog of Financial War
The Mythology of Terrorist Financing
Fantasy, Fiction, and Terrorist Financing
Rules of Financial Engagement
Framing the Guilty: The Financial Terrain
The Flawed Money Laundering Template
Narrative and Dynamics
Money and the War on Terror Narrative
The Usual Suspects
Dynamics of the Financial War
War and Consequences
Targets and Collateral Damage
"Gated Finance" and Other Contradictions of the Financial War
The Question of Islamic Charities
Assessments and Recommendations
"Catastrophic Successes": Assessing the Financial War
Rethinking Money and Terror
Epilogue: The Last Happy Warriors
Notes
Index