Chechen Jihad: Al Qaeda's Training Ground and the Next Wave by Yossef Bodansky

By Yossef Bodansky

Yossef Bodansky is likely one of the such a lot respected-and best-informed-experts on radical Islamism on the planet this day. In "Chechen Jihad", Bodansky attracts on formerly unseen intelligence from his insider resources, to supply the main comprehensive-and startling-portrait of the Chechenization phenomenon and what it ability for the struggle on terror. As he finds, the ultimate years of US-Soviet relatives left Chechnya as a fertile breeding floor for the mujahadin, and long ago decade a mix of militant local Chechen anti-Americans, anti-Russian agitators, and heart japanese jihadis have joined forces to aid al Qaeda and the larger Islamist stream pursue its warfare opposed to the west.As Bodansky issues out, "the Chechens are specialist opponents- disciplined and dependable, with a mix of talents, services, and personality that has made them the main sought-after 'force multipliers' within the movement." Authoritative in its element, chilling in its implications, "Chechen Jihad" is a booklet not anyone with an curiosity sooner or later of the West may still omit.

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Y2K never led to the catastrophic scenarios that were predicted and projected. Cyberterrorism was not unleashed in Y2K’s aftermath. Instead, more “conventional” terrors have returned since then. With 9/11, televisual fear would once again become the main vector of anxiety and apprehension for many. In many ways, as the Y2K phenomenon and the corollary cyberterror tabloid discourses around the time of the end of the last millennium revealed, TV panic and internet anxiety have been and will continue to be complementary mediatic modalities of production of fear.

10 For Baudrillard, it is the social itself that has disappeared in the shadow of the conditioning, reality-making world of the media. The media have substituted themselves for the social. 11 Whatever social knowledge or human interactivity appear to be produced in this fashion is completely self-referential. Meaning comes from the media and returns to them. Any capacity of judgment 22 Cyberterror and media-induced fears becomes useless, obsolete. According to this generation of meaning referred to as information, the relevance of events and phenomena that are being broadcast is impossible to determine.

In a sense, the cyberterrorism-producing media terrorized the public by shoving in the public’s face images and discourses that hammered in the presence of an uncertain danger and the need to take desperate emergency measures. Perversely, the tabloid media and their specialized discourses used against the public the same type of cyberterrorist weapons they claimed to be condemning: data swarming, information overload, security conspiracies on the internet, and so on. Faced with such a regime of mediatized/tabloid terror, there was only one thing the population could and in fact was encouraged to do: be afraid, be very afraid.

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