The Price of Fear: The Truth behind the Financial War on Terror / Edition 1

The Price of Fear: The Truth behind the Financial War on Terror / Edition 1

by Ibrahim Warde
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520253701

ISBN-13: 9780520253704

Pub. Date: 08/06/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

When the State Department claims to have struck a blow at the heart of the international terrorist finance network, even the most hardened of commentators takes the statement at face value. But as Ibrahim Warde argues in this myth-shattering book, the post-9/11 series of financial crackdowns initiated by the U.S. government has had virtually no impact on terrorism.

Overview

When the State Department claims to have struck a blow at the heart of the international terrorist finance network, even the most hardened of commentators takes the statement at face value. But as Ibrahim Warde argues in this myth-shattering book, the post-9/11 series of financial crackdowns initiated by the U.S. government has had virtually no impact on terrorism. This is because, as he demonstrates, these actions are based on a fundamental misconception of how terrorism works. Warde shows how operations such as the 9/11 attacks were actually financed, and he brilliantly juxtaposes the reality of shoestring budgets and envelopes of cash against the prevailing fantasy of a buzzing transnational network of seamless electronic transfers.

Copub: I.B.Tauris Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253704
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/06/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements v

Introduction: The Fog of Financial War vii

Part I The Mythology of Terrorist Financing

1 Fantasy, Fiction, and Terrorist Financing 3

Part II Rules of Financial Engagement

2 Framing the Guilty: The Financial Terrain 23

3 The Flawed Money Laundering Template 35

Part III Narrative and Dynamics

4 Money and the War on Terror Narrative 53

5 The Usual Suspects 63

6 Dynamics of the Financial War 77

Part IV War and Consequences

7 Targets and Collateral Damage 93

8 "Gated Finance" and Other Contradictions of the Financial War 107

9 The Question of Islamic Charities 127

Part V Assessments and Recommendations

10 "Catastrophic Successes": Assessing the Financial War 153

11 Rethinking Money and Terror 163

Epilogue: The Last Happy Warriors 183

Notes 197

Index 253

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