chapter  4
Expressed antagonism
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This chapter describes how the ex-combatants view and relate to politics through antagonistic eyes. The chapter is a response to the threat narrative ex-combatants usually are cast in. What is it that the ex-combatants in Liberia revolt against and question? Are there grounds for concern about their involvement in politics (as implied by statements made by the UN Secretary-General, Annan 2005, p. 4)? The chapter describes the extent to which politics was framed in a “we against them” perspective, their hierarchical view of politics and their questioning stance vis-à-vis politics. The chapter further examines how they relate to protests and violence in politics and their understanding of themselves within the political system. As such, the chapter describes an important dimension of the content of the political voice of ex-combatants in Liberia.