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Ideologies of War, Genocide & Terror
Part VII: Sharpe - Tyson
This Newsletter—the seventh presenting entries from the Ideologies of War website—includes links to:
  • Ivan Strenski on the sacrificial meaning of "human bombings"
  • Hakan Tunç on the causes of the Iraq War (best paper we've found on this topic)
  • Ruth Stein on the mind of a religious terrorist
  • Matthew Sharpe on Zizek's theory of ideology
  • Video of the Omaha Beach Landing (from Saving Private Ryan)
  • Frances Tustin on the trauma of separation
  • Stuart Twemlow on the Leader as an agent of masochistic group death
Please take your time reviewing the list of items below.
Then click through to read any document.
Sharpe, Matthew
The Sociopolitical Limits of Fantasy: September 11 and Slavoj Zizek's Theory of Ideology (Paper)
Snider, Don M.
Army Professionalism, The Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century (Report)
Sokołowska-Paryż, Marzena
Reimagining the War Memorial, Reinterpreting the Great War (Book Excerpt)
Spencer, Alexander
The Social Construction of Terrorism: Media, Metaphors and Policy Implications (Article)
Spielberg, Steven
Omaha Beach Landing, June 6, 1944 (Video, excerpt from Saving Private Ryan)
Stein, Ruth
Evil as Love and as Liberation: The Mind of a Suicidal Religious Terrorist (Paper)
Fundamentalism, Father and Son, and Vertical Desire (Paper)
Stickle, Douglas R.
Malignants in the Body Politic: Redefining War through Metaphor (Paper)
Strenski, Ivan
How to Think About Suicide Bombers
  I am trying to see how well I can move along understanding of the phenomenon commonly, but problematically, called suicide bombing. As a student of religion, I am particularly interested in seeing how far some of the perspectives developed in the modern study of religion might assist this process of making sense of a troubling phenomenon of our own time. Here, I propose that we need to pay greater attention to the ‘sacrificial’ designations of these “human bombings”.
Suzuki, Shunryu
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Book Excerpts)
Swann Jr., William
When Group Membership Gets Personal: A Theory of Identity Fusion (Paper)
Thorup, Mikkel
Total Enemies: Understanding “The Total Enemy” through Schmitt, Arendt, Foucault, and Agamben
  When, after the end of the Nazi regime, a doctor who participated in the mass killings was asked how he could reconcile the Hippocratic Oath with his actions during the war, the doctor said: “Of course I am a doctor and I want to preserve life. And out of respect for human life, I would remove a gangrenous appendix from a diseased body. The Jew is the gangrenous appendix in the body of mankind.”
Trueman, Chris
First World War Casualties (Statistics)
Tunç, Hakan
What Was It All About After All? The Causes of the Iraq War (Paper)
Tustin, Francis
Autistic Barriers in Neurotic Patients (Book Excerpt)
Twemlow, Stuart W.
The Cult Leader as Agent of a Psychotic Fantasy of Masochistic Group Death (Paper)
Tyson, Paul
The key role of Myth in Australian Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy (Paper)