Bombs in crowded cafes blind. The blast radius delineates immediate victimhood, but such attacks can also blind the state to the consequences of its ‘anti-terrorist’ actions. Globally, patterns are emerging that profoundly challenge prevailing orthodoxies: legal regimes employed to ‘combat terrorism’ can apparently promote the enemy they claim to destroy; and ‘taking the gloves off’ seems rarely to work for the law based state (hands just get dirty). Clearly, there are problems at the technocratic (planning and execution) level. But this chapter argues that...
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