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Announcement :: War and Militarism
Call for an international week of action, Marsh, 23rd to 25th right before the NATO summit
08 Mar 2009
Call for an international week of action
Marsh, 23rd to 25th right before the NATO summit
From the 3rd to the 5th of April, the NATO summit will be held in Strasburg
Making a fuss all around the world during the preceding week is meant to tune the air of the summit: a war council air.
The name of NATO may sound as something coming from the past. But this summit has nothing of a posthumous ceremony. It is not meant to celebrate the final decay of NATO but rather its new mission: actualising and applying modern theories of counter-insurrection.
Counter-insurrection is that military common knowhow that war doesn’t find its outcome on purely military grounds. Its counterpart is political: every aspect of existence is held within the scope of war. It’s not so much a brand new kind of war that is being at stake in this summit but a new idea of war: war as a core principle of existence itself, of any relation.
When this idea of war, of exception, becomes a normative outlook on the world, it gives birth to a new modality of governance. This normalization has a name: Anti-terrorism.
Anti-terrorism embraces a variety of intermingled devices, going across justice, police, army and even politics, social and economical issues. Through anti-terrorism, all these fields tend to be undistinguished: on the one hand deactivating and destroying anything that escapes, on the other producing the appearances of normality.
Taking action on its infrastructures.
Finding the numerous corporations with which it has commercial partnerships…
Blockading different pieces of the global security network and the whole machinery could be stuck…
World wise actions during that week are not only desirable, they’re necessary. Those who think they might only be expressions of despair, only unveil their own powerlessness.
We don’t need to know each other before hand; common practices and gestures will connect us.
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