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Vijay Prashad, who teaches at Trinity College,
is the author of The Poorer Nations: A
Possible History of the Global South and editor of Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation – both
from Verso Books. He tweets: @vijayprashad
After Paris, macho language about “pitiless
war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red
meat to our emotions.