A timely book by the British radical philosopher who declares that 'The characteristic of American and British government is now moral imbecility.' He demolishes the widespread assumption among the educated classes that the West is only ever the victim of terrorism and never its perpetrator.
With large questions of right and wrong, there is a division of labour. So, with the attack on three subway trains and a bus in London on July 7, 2005. Of what moral relevance, if any, was the fact that the British army had been engaged in the killing of greatly more of a people with whom the terrorists identified? 'Of what relevance, as a newspaper article asked a week later, was the fact that the British prime minister put his own people at risk in the service of a foreign power?' So begins Ted Honderich's intelligent and thoughtful analysis in "Humanity, Terrorism, Terrorist War". What Honderich says has caused a great deal of controversy (his last book on this subject was initially banned in Germany on the grounds it was anti-Semitic, only to be republished by a Jewish press). However, his views are also acceptable to a great many Jews as he puts forward arguments to justify the founding of Israel and its secure perpetual existence. Looking in detail at the situation in Palestine, 9/11, the war in Iraq and the events of 7/7, Ted Honderich offers neither a sensationalist rant nor an academic treatise. Instead "Humanity, Terrorism, Terrorist War" provides a thoughtful and perceptive exploration of the biggest issue facing the western world today.