Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens by Michael A. Innes

By Michael A. Innes

The struggle on terror's emphasis on denying sanctuary and secure havens to terrorists has put a top class on actual territory, from mountain caves and frontier hideouts to the bordered global of contemporary states. Denial of Sanctuary highlights the boundaries of traditional considering at the topic, and indicates new ways to knowing this advanced and misunderstood function of contemporary conflict.Critics of the battle on terror have pointed to the futility of waging warfare on a tactic. Its emphasis on denying sanctuary and secure havens to terrorists, rooted basically in conventional counterinsurgency thought and poorly conceptualized coverage statements, has positioned a top rate on actual territory, from mountain caves and frontier hideouts to the bordered global of recent states. to totally comprehend sanctuaries is to discover the issues and pitfalls of waging warfare on locations—exposing the key lives of a number of hidden worlds, full of extremists, criminals, infantrymen, and spies, with the pious and the profane, with risks that lie under the skin and within the margins. As this quantity makes abundantly transparent, the sort of murky underground is much extra complicated and sundry than the traditional knowledge suggests.Terrorists have hidden in simple sight in smooth towns, used complex communications know-how to construct digital refuges, crafted militant enclaves out of the disarray of failed states, flocked to fairly detrimental rebel battlespaces, and usually challenged the protecting limits of legislations, citizenship, and country. Denial of Sanctuary brings jointly most sensible specialists within the box to extend the controversy; to discover the roots, motives and outcomes of the matter; and to elucidate our knowing of sanctuary in terrorist suggestion and perform.

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They are an exercise in social power—the power to ascribe right and wrong, knowledge and falsehood, and the limits of the reasonable. This is because they set the parameters of debate and establish the boundaries for possible action. In the public policy context, discourses establish the limits, possibilities, and interests of policy formulation, primarily by making some options appear reasonable and others nonsensical. It is not that interests play no role in the formulation of policy, but that interests themselves are discursively constructed and reflect other discourses and narratives of national security, threats, identities, values, relationships, and the like.

In particular, the policy of employing military force against “terrorist sanctuaries” or 32 denial of sanctuary “havens,” a reasonable policy within the confines of the discourse, actually has an astonishing record of failure. For example, Israel has mounted military strikes and targeted assassination against “terrorist sanctuaries” in the Palestinian territories and surrounding states for over fifty years without any significant reduction in the overall level of terrorism. The apartheid regime in South Africa adopted a similarly futile policy against its neighbours during the 1980s.

More specifically, it is argued that lawless, geographically remote regions beyond the control of ineffectual states can function as a staging ground or “haven” for terrorism. The 9/11 Commission, for example, stated: To find sanctuary, terrorist organizations have fled to some of the least governed, most lawless places in the world. ”13 A related narrative is that poverty, unemployment, and conditions of underdevelopment are “breeding grounds” of terrorism. A British government report for example, argues that deprivation and alienation are key variables in the radicalisation process.

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