Chapter

The “Global War on Terror”: Who Wins? Who Loses?

G. Simon Harak

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.003.0015
The “Global War on Terror”: Who Wins? Who Loses?

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This chapter grounds itself in Berrigan’s political, economic, and moral reading of the American war-making state, and in the civil disobedience of Berrigan at a Catonsville draft board center. Harak claims that Berrigan’s understanding of American’s “permanent war economy,” one in which anything or anyone may be up for sale or sacrificed, remains fundamentally true. He suggests, however, that there’s been a paradigm shift in the ways that America generates and produces its wars since the time of Catonsville. Namely, there’s been a movement from wars being a profitable venture to the making of war for the sake of profit. Harak’s reading of the “war question,” along with his acute sensitivity to the suffering of those ravaged by war, insists that we question the viability of Catholic just war theory, just as Berrigan did years earlier.

Keywords: War on Terror; Catonsville Nine; Permanent war economy; War for profit; Catholic just war theory; Iraq; George W. Bush; Halliburton

Chapter.  14406 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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