By Patrick Ward
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War with No End

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Issue 318

Verso, in collaboration with the Stop the War Coalition, has produced an excellent summary of the state of the “war on terror” in a new collection of articles, its release timed to coincide with the 8 October Troops Out demonstration in London. It also marks the six-year anniversary of the US led invasion of Afghanistan.

The international range of authors mirrors the diversity of the biggest social movement in British history. The pieces come in different forms, from the fiction of Hanif Kureishi to the research-heavy report of the booming Israeli economy profiting from war and oppression by Naomi Klein, and a brilliant story in comic book form from Joe Sacco based on the US training of the Iraqi National Guard.

John Berger contributes a heartfelt short story from the perspective of a Palestinian resisting Israeli incursion, while Haifa Zangana, a novelist and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein, examines resistance – both armed and cultural – to Iraq’s occupation.

The book is introduced by Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, and Judith le Blanc from United for Peace and Justice in the United States, putting agitation, not just analysis and reflection, at the heart of it.

This neat collection acts as a good overview of the reasons we have this fraudulent “war on terror” and its horrific consequences.

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