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n African Renaissance - Terrorism in the world post-9/11, Kenneth Omeje - : discussion

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305

Abstract

Kenneth Omeje's article on post- 9/11 terrorism in Africa promises more than it delivers. It begins well, that is, by locating events in Africa within global configurations of terror. The point that the discourse on terror as a global phenomenon led mainly by US neo-conservatives and keenly supported by white supremacist enclaves within many Western nations is well taken. It is commonplace to delink Africa from global security concerns. Omeje addresses this lapse by pointing out that Western interests in East Africa that have been physically attacked before and after 9/11 put Africa on the spot on issues of global terror. This is a crucial point as it undermines the widespread contention that Africa is a "strategic ghetto." Omeje mentions the civilisational tensions that have emerged since the 9/11 event but does not address the various ramifications of this fall-out regarding new perspectives on imperialism. For a sustained account of some these perspectives, Mamhood Mamdani's book, "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim," (2004) stands well. The book does what a critique of Western imperialism usually does which is to act as a powerful alternative voice, and as a conscience for triumphant, uncritical moralism. One wishes Omeje's general thrust would have moved into that mode. Undoubtedly, the article has a scholarly tenor which is sometimes tempered by a promising progressivism. This particular kind of discourse and tenor, if properly executed should give African social sciences a new lease of life.

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