Wars Don’t Solve the Problem: they Make it Worse

  • “War is not a strategic response to terrorism. Without being its sole cause, it feeds the phenomenon it claims to fight.” Such is the so-called “pyromaniac-firefighter” thesis, defended by sixty scholars, artists, and intellectuals, in an article published on the website of the French magazine L’Obs on November 14, 2020, and translated into English by Verso. This text, calling for a public and democratic debate on the wars and military interventions waged by France and other “Western” states, has partly achieved its goal: generating discussion.

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