From Bosnia to Beslan

From Bosnia to Beslan : How the West Spread Al-Qaeda

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We know that al-Qaeda emerged because Western powers - in particular the US - funded and trained radical Islamic groups in order to use them for their own purposes. This book shows that this is not an isolated incident. Journalist Brendan O'Neill argues that it's part of a worldwide strategy, the results of which can now be seen from Afghanistan to Kosovo, Beslan and beyond. All over the world, so-called 'humanitarian' interventions, while dressed up in terms of human rights, have weakened states, creating vacuums that encourage the movement of groups across borders - allowing terrorists like al-Qaeda to thrive. O'Neill makes links across all major conflicts of the late 20th century, concentrating his analysis on the 'humanitarian' interventions of the 1990s, in particular Bosnia and Kosovo. He shows how, the war having been won in Afghanistan, the US and Britain helped arm and move thousands of Mujahideen fighters from Central Asia into the former Yugoslavia where they played a key role in the resistance of the Bosnian Muslims. Their continuing presence in the region now undermines efforts to stabilise Kosovo and turn Bosnia into a viable state.
O'Neill's distinctive analysis will be of interest to all students of international studies, and anyone who wants to know more about the destabilising effect of recent western interventions and the rise of global terrorism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745324541
  • 9780745324548

Table of contents

Introduction: How can we explain today's nihilistic terrorism? Set up the themes of the book, and introduce some critical questions for the reader about humanitarian interventionism and the rise of contemporary rootless terrorism.; Chapter 1: The Mujahahideen's 'second outing' - a critical examination of the movement of Islamic forces in Bosnia; Chapter 2: After Bosnia - movement of Mujahideen into Kosovo courtesy of American and British patronage and support.; Chapter 3: End of sovereignty - a critical examination of the literature on post-Cold War interventionism.; Chapter 4: An exploration of the rise of new terror groups through the 1990's to 11 September 2001 and beyond; Chapter 5: New critical explanations for both 9/11 and Beslan, as two of the clearest examples of a new kind of violence.; Conclusion.
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About Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill is assistant editor of spiked (, and previously was assistant editor of spiked's precursor as a print magazine, Living Marxism. He is a well published journalist, with articles in the national broadsheets and political weeklies. His journalism is published in both the UK and the US.
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