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By V. Jabri

Overdue smooth wars are legitimized via invocations of humanity; variously the rescue and security of populations, the re-shaping of whole societies, and the re-constitution of the sector of the overseas right into a pacified cosmopolitan enviornment. Drawing on severe social and political notion, the e-book explores the results, arguing that those similar wars, sometimes called 'liberal', might be interpreted as perpetuating types of exclusion and domination that render struggle a device of regulate now articulated in international phrases.

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We might perhaps think, being located in London in 2005 and thereafter, that our starting point can be the events of July 7th 2005 and the bombings of London’s public transport system. 44 We might delve into the causes and find articulations that point to the invasion of Iraq, the conflict over Kashmir, or the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. These outward narratives, available in the public sphere, cannot however form the full story of why it is that individuals seemingly leading ordinary lives constitute themselves as sacrificial entities in the name of some affiliation, some identity.

There is both a disenchantment, a loss of faith, in rationality’s capacity to “legislate for peace” as well as a resilience borne of the project of modernity itself, a resilience that has temporal and spatial expression, universalising in its remit to contain the unpredictable and the particular. Rationality’s capacity to legislate for peace assumes, as I will indicate in the next chapter, and as I will further explore in the rest of this book, a universal remit, a spatial domain that spans the global arena, moving into locales wherein conflicts emerge, seeking to implement practices where those involved might somehow move towards relationships that are by and large devoid of violence.

The triumphalism of liberal discourses apart,8 these discourses seemed to imply a relocation of political authority, a relocation that assumes a universal remit of operations. How then can we claim that this “agenda for peace”,9 could be interpreted in terms that see war at the heart of its operations, as an operative tool in its realisation? Posing this question is not based on the assumption that war is an ever-present condition in global politics. The politics that shape global interactions are clearly not based on perpetual war.

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