On Wednesday 22 May 2013, British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby was killed in broad daylight in the street near a military barracks in Woolwich, south-east London. Professor of peace studies Paul Rogers insists that there is a connection between this shocking murder and “remote-control” attacks by western states. Recognizing this connection is crucial if we are to avoid such extreme violence in the future.
is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, UK. He is openDemocracy‘s international-security editor, and has been writing a weekly column on global security since 28 September 2001; he also writes a monthly briefing for the Oxford Research Group. His books include Why We’re Losing the War on Terror (Polity, 2007), and Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 3rd ed., 2010). Twitter: @ProfPRogers