The legacy of the War on Terror: Imperialism, Islamophobia & Sectarianism
About this session
Nearly 20 years on from the US invasion of Afghanistan, Australian SAS soldiers are being exposed for war crimes, while Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces possible extradition to the US on espionage charges. The War on Terror subjected the Middle East to mass slaughter, the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib, and the stoking of sectarian division amidst societal collapse. In the West the legacy has been virulent anti-Muslim racism, mass surveillance, and the suppression of civil liberties. This forum will explore the legacy of the war on terror on the left, from the limitations of the anti-war movement to the problems of liberal islamophobia.