Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy
June 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal
Democracy provides sobering analyses of the nature of
terrorism and the moral justification – or lack thereof
– of terrorist actions and counter-terrorism measures in
today's world. Utilizing a variety of thought-provoking
philosophical arguments, the historic roots of terrorism and its
contemporary incarnations are explored in depth. Detailed analyses
of organizations such as the IRA, the ANC, Hamas and Al-Qaeda will
reveal the many faces of terrorism and its disparate motives and
tactics. Discussion of the nature and scope of terrorism and
whether it can ever be morally justified is balanced with analysis
of counter-terrorism strategies and the methods and moral limits of
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism will greatly broaden our understanding of the nature and morality of terrorism and counter-terrorist pursuits – a crucial precondition for establishing any form of enduring peace between nations in the twenty-first century world.
1. The Varieties of Terrorism.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and the IRA in Northern Ireland.
The African National Congress’s Armed Struggle in Apartheid South Africa.
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in India.
2. Defining Terrorism.
The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Innocents.
The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Non-Combatants.
Terrorism, Combatants and Authoritarian States.
The Definition of Terrorism: An Indirect Strategy.
3. Terrorism and Collective Responsibility.
Moral Justification for the Use of Deadly Force.
Civilian Immunity and Human Rights Violations.
Civilian Immunity and Culpable Omissions.
Terrorism and Non-Violent Rights Violators.
Terrorism-as-Crime and Police Institutions.
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights in Liberal Democracies at Peace.
5. Terrorism, War and States of Emergency.
Terrorist Attacks, Disasters and States of Emergency.
Terrorism, Internal Armed Struggles and Theatres of War.
Targeted Killings and the Problem of Dirty Hands.
Definition of Torture.
What Is Wrong with Torture?.
The Moral Justification for One-Off Acts of Torture in Emergencies.
The Moral Justification for Legalized and Institutionalized Torture.
7. Bioterrorism and the Dual-Use Dilemma.
The Biological Weapons Convention.
Experiments of Concern.
Dual-Use Research: The Ethical Issues.
Dissemination of Dual-Use Research Results.
The Regulation of Dual-Use Research.
An Independent Authority.
- Integrates thoughtful ethical-philosophical analyses with
contemporary terrorist organizations
- Offers a liberal and human rights-based perspective that takes
contemporary security challenges seriously
- Considers the ethics of a wide range of counter-terrorism
techniques, including prolonged detention, surveillance, torture,
and targeted killing
- Accessible and analytical, while offering practical solutions
to ethical dilemmas posed by terrorism.
'Miller's book is a serious invitation to think again through complex issues, about whether terrorism is ever justifiable, about the "police" versus "war" paradigms of counter-terrorism, and about torture... In general, Miller's mode of argument is pleasingly generous, pointing out difficulties and counter-arguments along the way." The Guardian