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1. Editors’ Introduction
2. Preemptive Manhunt: A New Partisanship–Alberto Moreiras
3. Fear (The Spectrum Said)–Brian Massumi
4. Canada Park: Two Family Albums–Freda Guttman
5. Midnight’s Gate–Bei Dao
6. Imperial Crisis and Domestic Dissent–Carolyn Eisenberg
7. Good-bye Kitty, Hello War: The Tactics of Spectacle and New Youth Movements in Urban Japan–Sharon Hayashi and Anne McKnight
8. For the Record: An Antiwar Protest in Jakarta Days before the Bali Bomb Attacks (A Photo-Essay)–Sumit K. Mandal
9. Declaration of Universal Humanity–Liberal Islam Network
10. Three Deities–Joy Kogawa
11. The Black Cat in the Dark Room–Harry Harootunian
12. Preemptive War and a World Out of Control–Kuang Xinnian
13. A Letter from Europe–Edoarda Masi
14. Permanent War–Marilyn Young
15. This Is a True Story–Carel Moiseiwitsch
16. After the Invasion of Iraq–Claudia Pozzana and Alessandro Russo
17. Philippine Wars and the Politics of Memory–Reynaldo C. Ileto
18. The Road to Hell Is Paved with Good Intentions: For a “Critique of Terrorism” to Come–Satoshi Ukai
19. Life during Wartime–Joshua Brown
20. Raw(hide): World War IV, Part 3, the Sequel–Sue Golding (johnny de philo)
21. Totalitarian Democracy: A New Poem–Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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In the war on Iraq, the Bush administration has advanced a strategy of preemption—striking in advance of any realized threat. Creating its own reality of war and presenting the destabilization of a supposed threat as a measure of success, preemption allows victories to be declared in advance and justifies violent and unilateral strikes on peoples, on liberties, on perception, and on truth. Against Preemptive War, a special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique, is a call for critical and international opposition to the logic of preemptive war.
Gathering material from politically active scholars, artists, and authors from Europe, Asia, and North America, this collection reflects on the likely fallout from the corruptive U.S. strategy of preemption. In the introduction, the editors criticize the American press for being, with few exceptions, easily if not willingly deceived by the Bush administration’s propaganda regarding weapons of mass destruction. One contributor redefines fascism as a situation in which contradictions are evident but blatantly ignored, one which creates a false sense of cohesion between events. Another argues that U.S. military bases around the world are now maintained not for military defense and quick mobilization but to create a culture of American militarism, noting that troops were sent from the U.S. for the invasion of Iraq rather than from closer bases around the world. Finally, the issue raises a formidable question: how do we end war waged against what might come to pass rather than what actually is?
Contributors. Tani Barlow, Jim Bonk, Josh Brown, Bei Dao, Carolyn Eisenberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Matthew Fryslie, Sue Golding (as johnny de philo), Freda Guttman, Yukiko Hanawa, Harry Harootunian, Sharon Hayashi, Reynaldo C. Ileto, Joy Kogawa, Thomas LaMarre, The Liberal Islam Network, Sumit K. Mandal, Edoarda Masi, Brian Massumi, Anne McKnight, Carel Moiseiwitsch, Alberto Moreiras, Claudia Pozzana, Alessandro Russo, Ukai Satoshi, Laurie Sears, Kuang Xinnian, Marilyn Young
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