Fiddling While It Burns

Introduction | 17/03/2009

Fiddling While It Burns is a blog about terrorism and national security, and the way it is covered in the media. My primary focus will be Australia and Somalia; this blog will be complemented by TerrorWatch, WorldTerrorScan and Terrorism and National Security to provide a complete picture of the topic around the world.  Check back for twice-weekly updates.

Riots against the rule of Pervez Musharraf in 2007. Photo: The Guardian.

Riots against the rule of Pervez Musharraf in 2007. Photo: The Guardian.

Terrorism is a real and crucial issue in the world today. As tempted as educated people might be to want to disregard it as a significant concern, if there is one thing the madness of Iraq, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib has taught us it is the very real consequences terror can have for democracies. Meanwhile, the world is on the verge of becoming multipolar; in a decade China may be the equal in world influence of the US, while twenty years after that India could be as powerful. A nuclear Pakistan is ripe for revolution, and around the world recession is causing millions to question the capitalist hegemony that has ruled since the end of the Cold War. A nuclear North Korea is a reality; a nuclear Iran is a distinct possibility. Here at the “end of history”, things are a lot more interesting than we ever expected.

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