chapter  5
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The terrorist discourse: Signs, states, and systems of global political violence

From the 1978 news photograph of the kidnapped Italian Prime Minister AldoMoro sitting under the banner of the Brigate Rosse, to the 1989 video murder of Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins by the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth in Lebanon, terrorism has attracted much public attention, a great deal of media commentary, and very little critical theory. After the 1980s, a decade marked by a rising number of incidents, the proliferation of terrorist studies, and the escalation of rhetoric by US Presidents, terrorism remains as resistant to comprehension as it is to remediation.1