A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb

A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb Part Reportage And Part Protest, A Foreigner Carrying In The Crook Of His Arm A Tiny Bomb Is An Inquiry Into The Cultural Logic And Global Repercussions Of The War On Terror At Its Center Are Two Men Convicted In U.S Courts On Terrorism Related Charges Hemant Lakhani, A Seventy Year Old Tried For Attempting To Sell A Fake Missile To An FBI Informant, And Shahawar Matin Siraj, Baited By The New York Police Department Into A Conspiracy To Bomb A Subway Lakhani And Siraj Were Caught Through Questionable Sting Operations Involving Paid Informants Both Men Received Lengthy Jail Sentences Their Convictions Were Celebrated As Major Victories In The War On Terror In Amitava Kumar S Riveting Account Of Their Cases, Lakhani And Siraj Emerge As Epic Bunglers, And The U.S Government As The Creator Of Terror Suspects To Prosecute Kumar Analyzed The Trial Transcripts And Media Coverage, And He Interviewed Lakhani, Siraj, Their Families, And Their Lawyers Juxtaposing Such Stories Of Entrapment In The United States With Narratives From India, Another Site Of Multiple Terror Attacks And State Crackdowns, Kumar Explores The Harrowing Experiences Of Ordinary People Entangled In The War On Terror He Also Considers The Fierce Critiques Of Post 9 11 Surveillance And Security Regimes By Soldiers And Torture Victims, As Well As Artists And Writers, Including Coco Fusco, Paul Shambroom, And Arundhati Roy. Amazing, but excruciatingly painful book to read More than anything I have read lately, Amitava Kumar describes for us the surreal world we ve come to inhabit in the last decade I loved a sentence toward the end of the book where he says So, here s my generalization a stereotype scripts the story of people s lives in a thousand defeating ways, and we owe it to all our social selves to produce new stories, with many exits, U turns, detours, and destinations While the quote speaks to stereo Amazing, but excruciatingly painful book to read More than anything I have read lately, Amitava Kumar describes for us the surreal world we ve come to inhabit in the last decade I loved a sentence toward the end of the book where he says So, here s my generalization a stereotype scripts the story of people s live
I took my time with this slim volume, which I recommend but don t have much to comment on I think by now, for anyone who has followed the abuses that have characterized and dogged the war on terror, nothing set forth by Kumar will be revelatory Instead, what s great here is the way he stakes out a space between
This is an exceptionally engaging and well written book about the War on Terror, juxtaposing counterterrorism in India with the United States, with segues into some of the cultural responses to the post 9 11 era of permanent warfare There are detailed examinations of several sting operations against young Muslim men in America, powerfully documented I appreciated this particularly, as it helps sift through the mess of broken lives created by the American response to 9 11, and which are still This is an exceptionally engaging and well written book about the War on Terror, juxtaposing counterterrorism in India with the United States, with segues into some of the cultural responses to the post 9 11 era of permanent
Indian born literature professor Amitava Kumar shines an insistent light on events of the last decade that, for the most part, are easier and less painful to simply forget Focusing on the criminal process of terror from identifying suspects to interrogations through their trials, he does an excellent job of painting a complex picture of people swept up as suspects in the global war on terror Some of the stories are of innocent bystanders being tortured, even sentenced to death before being acq Indian born literature professor Amitava Kumar shines an insistent light on events of the last decade that, for the most part, are easier and less painful to simply forget Focusing on the criminal process of terror from identifying suspects to interrogations through their trials, he does an excellent job of painting a complex picture of people swept up as suspects in the global war on terror Some of the stories are of innocent bystanders being tortured, even sentenced to death before being acquitted upon appeal More often in the case of Americans , the suspects have been lured into planning and sharing elaborate schemes with government informants sent into mosques throughout the US from late 2001 the roles of the informants lurk ne
The title is perhaps a little misleading Kumar tells the stories of people affected by the US s policies regarding terrorism Some people are living in the US and are willing or naive unknowing terrorists Maybe you believe their stories and maybe you don t Kumar explores the ability of the US government to impact and ultimately destroy lives of people in the middle east, India, Pakistan etc He portrays these stories in a powerful yet relatively objective manner You read this book and then f The title is perhaps a little misleading Kumar tells the stories of people affected by the US s policies regarding terrorism Some people are living in the US and are willing or naive unknowing terrorists Maybe you believe their stories and maybe you don t Kumar explores
Kumar s searching and humane account of the global consequences of the U.S war on terror gets behind the rhetoric and state public relations campaigns in a brisk but thoughtful narrative An arresting and heartrending work of public protest and valuable social analysis, this work contributes forcefully to a subtle, human scaled accounting of 21st century geopolitics Publishers Weekly Starred Review A perceptive and soulfulmeditation on the global war on terror and its cu Kumar s searching and humane account of the global consequences of the U.S war on terror gets behind the rhetoric and state public relations campaigns in a brisk but thoughtful narrative An arresting and heartrending work of public protest and valuable social analysis, this work contributes forcefully to a subtle, human scaled accounting of 21st century geopolitics Publishers Weekly Starred Review A perceptive and soulfulmeditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb carries in the crook of its own arm Mr Kumar s plaintive appeal If we re to bridge the perilous divide that separates us from those poor and unname
Such luck, such sorrow In the end, this is what it comes down to who will teach one to be modern, who will teach the other to be human These words pretty much expressed the soul of the book for me.It is not an easy read Very

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  • Paperback
  • 232 pages
  • A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb
  • Amitava Kumar
  • English
  • 24 June 2018
  • 0822345781