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America's Geronimo

In a critical look at the imperial hubris that drove the United States killing of Osama bin Laden, this article argues for democratic forces to challenge the idea that terrorism can be successfully countered by military means. It is necessary to address the root causes of terrorism - lack of self-determination, poverty and deprivation - and resist the urge for militaristic solutions. It is equally necessary to support civil society efforts to push back the domination of the military in Pakistan's polity.

COMMENTARY Americas Geronimo Manoranjan Mohanty code name for a terrorist, which carries a racist slur, even under a black president has offended the American Indians. The president of the National Congress of American Indians has protested. The Pen-

G eronimo was the code name for Osama bin Laden in the US commandos attack on his residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in the early hours of 2 May.

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