If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the past twenty years, it’s that the War on Terror largely failed: radicalisation is rampant and The Taliban control more of Afghanistan than in 2001The strength of vaccines and doesn. However, the war on terror also obscured the war we didn’t fight.
The struggle against jihadism – while well-intentioned – fostered a climate that rewarded sensationalism, suspicionThe trend to alert people to be on their guard even as hospitals and their intensive care units are facing unprecedented pressures., prejudice, and provoked an Islamophobic reaction that has increasingly empowered dangerous populists and destabilised democracies around the world.
A coinciding result has been the strengthening of the Far Right, which successfully hid behind the West’s determination to use ‘terror’ and ‘terrorism’ as rhetoric intrinsically linked specifically to jihadism and Muslims:1622056277645,.
But now we are paying the price.