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Terrorism & Invisible Balance of Power


By Imran Farooqi

In his book, “Invisible Balance of Power, US vs Islamic Militants: Dangerous Shift in

International Relations”, published in 2005, Sajjad Shaukat has taken present ‘different

war’ as an interaction of ‘state terrorism’ led by the United States and the ‘group

terrorism’ by the Al Qaeda or Islamic militants. It is notable that a number of authors

have written books about the 9/11 tragedy, but ground realities developed in accordance

with the book. After seeing the main title, some people think that the book is against the

US or its western allies, but without any prejudice, he has discussed both the sovereign

and non-sovereign entities on parallel lines in this research-based book. On the one hand,

he has pointed out Al Qaeda’s ambush attacks, targeted killings, beheadings etc., while

on the other, he has mentioned special operations by the US forces in Afghanistan and

Iraq, and CIA-tortures cells in various Islamic countries. In this regard, missile strikes

by the drones on Pakistan’s tribal areas and elsewhere amounts to state terrorism, which

are being responded by the internal backlash…suicide attacks and hostage-takings by the

Muslim radicals. Shaukat has proved that both the warring parties kill innocent civilians

through ruthless terror.

Giving a number of references of the power-theorists like Machiavelli, Hobbes,

Morgentahu etc. Shaukat has written that power factor or use of force has failed in this

different war which took origin from the privileged and unprivileged status quo led by the

most developed states and the less developed countries respectively.

Besides, Shaukat has introduced new ideas about the issues relating to the Islamic

ideology, Jehad, liberalism, Western world, terrorism, causes of suicide attacks etc.

Particularly, future observations of the author like a prolonged war, failure of military

paradigm by the state actors in coping with the non-state actors, increase in US cost of

war, rise of more terrorism, unsuccessful mission of NATO in Afghanistan, plane plot in

UK, international financial crisis, warlike situation between America and Iran, Syria and

Israel including other developments have proved correct.

Shaukat also gave positive suggestions to the US, but President Obama did not act upon

them. Therefore war on terror has resulted into more implications as already predicted

by the author. For example, he elaborated that Al Qaeda fighters have been creating

economic instability in the world through their subversive acts, giving a blow to the

larger economies of the US and the developed nations.

The book indicates that realism (power factor) must be reconciled with idealism, which

is essential for world peace and geo-political interests of the US-led developed countries

and those of the small countries by reforming the system of the UN.

It is due to the present scenario of war against terrorism—which already pointed out by

the author that the publisher reprinted the book after seven years.

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