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Dancing on Terra -- with Terror

Disciplines reframing terrifying relationships (Part #1)


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Since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, the response has been framed in strictly binary logic: " You are either with us, or you are against us". All governments and peoples of the world are urged to engage in the "war against terrorism" -- in defence of the highest values of civilization. The focus of this war, and any response to further attacks, is on how to stop terrorists. Stopping terrorists is framed as a question of capturing any who may be suspect (whatever the evidence), incarcerating them (without trial), or killing them (whether in military action or through covert assassination).

The resources devoted to remedy the impoverishment and injustice, which many recognize as a breeding ground for terrorists, have diminished at a rate commensurate with the increase in resources allocated to "security", whether in the form of military equipment, surveillance, or the associated personnel. Very little effort is made, or called for -- by the media, politicians or engaged groups -- to look beyond the immediate action of terrorists to address the conditions that give rise to them. The focus of conceptual and financial resources is on proximate causes of violence and not on the contextual causes which willl continue to ensure that new terrorists emerge.

The following explores the possibility that many disciplines, representing the core intellectual achievement of modern civilization, have developed conceptual approaches that reframe the crude simplicity of the current focus on proximate causes of terrifying relationships. The concern here is to enlarge the framework within which the relationship with terror can be addressed. The argument is that despite the level of resources allocated to the "war against terror", it is other subtler approaches that have vital insights to offer -- and may in the end prove the key to the challenge. As with the "war on drugs", and other "wars", the track record suggests that the "war on terror" will continue for many decades -- as repeatedly predicted by Donald Rumsfeld, in comparing it to the Cold War [more].

This exploration follows from early explorations, notably Transforming the Encounter with Terrorism (2002), Ways of Thinking, Perception and Analysis: 911+ Questions in Seeking UnCommon Ground (2001); Discovering Richer Patterns of Comprehension to Reframe Polarization (1998); and Planetary Challenge of 12-fold Strategic Marriage (2003)

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