This chapter sketches out the contours of the logic of counterterrorism and
argues that it is informed by a rationalist framework, or ‘the logic of
expected consequences’, which reproduces the classical view of sciences.
This chapter then shows that this logic transforms cognitive radicalised
subjects into behavioural terrorists and creates distance and remoteness
between securitisers and securitised subjects. To demonstrate this argument,
the idea of remote securitisation is first unpacked, showing how it is
achieved through the use of metaphors, euphemisation and the logic of
consequences. Finally, the chapter introduces two vantage points to address
the problems created by remoteness, one well established and the other more
radical, from which the classical view collapses: Pierre Bourdieu’s social
and relational ontology and the idea of a Quantum Human.
This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how experiences in Kosovo have changed the discourse of European security. It provides new and stimulating perspectives on how 'Kosovo' has shaped European post-post-Cold War reality. The book aims to contribute to the insecurity of the field of security studies by sidelining the theoretical worldview that underlies mainstream strategic thinking on the Kosovo events. It investigates how 'Kosovo' has developed into this principal paradigmatic sign in the complex text of European security. The book also investigates how its very marginality has emphasised the unravelling fringes and limits of the sovereign presence of what 'Europe' thinks it stands for, and how it affects the discourse on European security.