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Torture and the War on Terror
Author: Tzvetan Todorov

ISBN: 9781906497361
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 17 July 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.7 x 11.3 x 1.4
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Though the recent election of American President Barack Obama and his signing of the executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay signals a considerable shift away from the policies of the Bush era, the lessons to be learned from the war on terror will remain relevant and necessary for many years to come. In the aftermath of 9/11, the United States government approved interrogation tactics for enemy combatant detainees that could be defined as torture, which was outlawed in Europe in the eighteenth century as well as prohibited by the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Convention Against Torture. In conjunction with these policies, the Bush administration vocally defended torture as a necessary tool in its war on terror.

 

In Torture and the War on Terror, Tzvetan Todorov argues that the use of the terms “war” and “terror” dehumanize the enemy and permit treatment that would otherwise be impermissible. He exam...

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