the spatio-temporal medium of the war on terror

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“However different the war on terror was going to be from traditional wars, with their relatively well-defined enemies, it would still involve one of the basic mechanisms of traditional hunting and combat, in however modified and modernized a form: namely “targeting”. The enemy would have to be identified and localized, named and depicted, in order to be made into an accessible target . . . None of this was, per se, entirely new. What was, however, was the mobility, indeterminate structure, and unpredictability of the spatio-temporal medium in which such targets had to be sited . . . In theatres of conflict that had become highly mobile and changeable, “targets” and “opportunity” were linked as never before (Weber 2005:3–4, emphasis in original).” (Samuel Weber, cited p.57 Amoore)

Ref: (italics in original, emphases in blue bold mine)  Louise Amoore (2009) AlgorithmicWar: Everyday Geographies of the War on Terror. Antipode Vol. 41 No. 1, pp.49-69

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