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CHAPTER 4- Terrorism And Other Stories(Israel)

Stack recounts her experiences in Armageddon, disillusioned by countless
suicide bombings and trails of gasoline, recollecting thoughts of
Operation Defensive Shield in the spring of 2002 in response to
Operation Enduring Freedom (a direct response to the 9/11 terrorist
Draws upon the notion of history and fabulation in Jereusalem, reinforced
by depictions of women by which seemed to stretch and warp truth in
order to gain a religion, a claim, a right.
In a romanticized perception of reality Stack relishes over the intensity of
youth and desire against a backdrop of war-briefly lured in, Stack
recounts her experiences in the pleasures of desire within times of war.
Involvement: Palestine and Jerusalem


Stacks didactic prose implores us to reflect on the repercussions of

war, as well as rethink culturally accepted norms about terrorism-the
best excuse of all
Via inclusive language that positions us as the reader as the
perpetrators of violence, Stack aims to emotionally engage us in the
detrimental consequences of war, by which creates killers on our
national behalf
Stack beseechs us to view history and truth from a kaleidoscopic
perspective as opposed to a one-sided view of history, and to not
blindly follow truth


The emotional ramifications of war and debilitating aftereffects

The crippling aftereffects of war are tangible and deeply

profound. There is no "redemption"

War transforms the human experience and breaks down the

barriers between social norms and accepted codes of conduct-in

itself; war reveals what essentially is the true human condition,

hidden underneath civility and order. Stack proposes that war
ultimately creates a liminal space between "surviving and not
surviving- in the faces of those who have lived through suicide
attacks, Israeli bombs or the Libyan secret police, Stack is
disillusioned by trauma, suffering and substantial loss.

You can overcome the things that are done to you, but you
cannot escape the things that you have done.
There was a problem with the corpses of the suicide bombers
Evil is already in our own hearts and blood is on our hands
Twenty four hours in Jerusalem spread like a road map to
But I am haunted now by Israelis

History and truth-embellishment of truth written by the victims and

stories from multiple perspectives

What may be a lie or a truth is confused or concealed in

motive, perspective and propaganda; there are interpretations of
truth, and versions of this truth are in relativity to their location

History is often malleable-warped by victims, written by the


History is not to be blindly accepted

I saw her scar, I listened to her words. I dont know if the

story is true, in that I dont know if it actually occurred.

This is Jerusalem, world capital of dubious stories

Every nation needs its stories

Humanity and dehumanization (especially post 9/11)

War in itself is the breaking down of barriers between what is
essentially humanity and inhumanity-killing becomes systematic,
ethical considerations become redundant, and ultimately, the thin
veneer that keeps society intact becomes worn down

Break their bones but dont kill them, beat them but dont shoot
Maybe I clung to it because it helps, when people are killing
their neighbours, to believe they cry over it in the dark
Arab children could be trained to think better
Here is the truth: It matters, what you do at war. It matters more
than you ever want to know. Because countries, like people, have
collective consciences and memories and souls, and the violence

we deliver in the name of our nation is pooled like sickly tar at

the bottom of who we are. The soldiers who don't die for us come
home again. They bring with them the killers they became on our
national behalf, and sit with their polluted memories and broken
emotions in our homes and schools and temples. We may wish it
were not so, but action amounts to identity. We become what we
do. You can tell yourself all the stories you want, but you can't
leave your actions over there. You can't build a wall and expect to
live on the other side of memory. All of the poison seeps back
into our soil.

Anti-West sentiment post American invasion of Middle Eastern mecca

(holy land) and justification of terrorist acts from both Middle East and

Blood feuds between the US and Middle East create violent

uprisings against the West
Accidental war guerillas created as per corruption from
fundamentalist, radical Muslims-anti west sentiment as
propaganda to incite fear and in turn, violence
You and the LA Times should go fuck yourselves
We Americans tell ourselves that we are fighting tyranny and
toppling dictators
We say this word, terrorism, because it has become the best
excuse of all

Journalism through a romanticized lens

Stacks, at times, romanticized view of the intensity of war

that parallels to the most carnal of human emotion

The music that dripped from the clubs on gritty summer

nights in Tel Aviv, the darkened streets and young bodies and the
sexiness of it all - contrast

Intensity of youth and desire against a backdrop of war


We say this word, terrorism, because it has become the best excuse
of all. Positioning her audience as perpetrators of violence and
tyranny, Stack implores her contemporary readers to reassess
globally accepted conventions about terrorism, by which divide
nations and give rise to mass atrocity.
We may wish it were not so, but action amounts to identity. We
become what we do. Stack ultimately presents humanity as a
delicate and tangible notion; tampered with by the corruptive nature

of war, it can corrode away any human sentiment, and instead leave
behind killers as per our obsession with combating terrorism.
Maybe I clung to it because it helps, when people are killing their
neighbors, to believe they cry over it in the dark. Though
disillusioned against the acidic nature of war by which most often
creates fundamentalist war merchants, Stack has hope in the
presence of humanity-humanity that keeps accidental war guerillas
from losing their moral integrity entirely.


Book to reference: David Killcullen- The Accidental Guerilla

In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh

perspective on the "War on Terror".
Kilcullen positions his readers to discover the true face of modern
warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on
Terrorism") in relation to the associated "small wars" across the
globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Pakistani tribal
zones, East Timor and the horn of Africa.
Kilcullen views today's conflicts as a complex interweaving of
contrasting trends-local insurgencies seeking autonomy and
sovereignty caught up in broader pan-Islamic campaign-small
wars in the midst of a big one.
He cautions that the actions of the US in the war on terrorism
have inflated these trends, blurring the distinction between local
and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our