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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158367070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583670705
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,172,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mahajan writes clearly and in plain language and the book takes on directly the main issues surrounding the war."—
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About the Author

RAHUL MAHAJAN is a member of the Nowar Collective, the National Board of Peace Action, and the National Committee of the National Network to End the War against Iraq.in physics at the University of Texas at Austin.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 14, 2002
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The New Crusade: America's War On Terrorism is a very serious treatise by peace activist Rahul Mahjan on current events which focus on the September 11 attacks and the consequent war in Afghanistan. The New Crusade also addresses the issues of American policy in Israel and Palestine, Iraq, humanitarian intervention in Somalia and Kosovo, and more. Scathing in its indictment of the US government and IMF for such advocations as denying AIDS drugs to third-world countries (unless sold at inflated prices no third world nation can afford) and demanding privatization of scarce water resources, as well as gauging how September 11 changed America and the world, The New Crusade is a sober, thoughtfully argued presentation not to be taken lightly and deserving of as wide a readership as possible. This is a highly recommended and welcome contribution to the current national dialogue regarding our "war on terrorism".
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2002
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Why do they hate us? It's because they hate our freedom - was the picture painted by the media and the US government. It was a nice, comfortable idea (this line from book). If you delve into this question a little further, you will soon realize, "they" probably don't care how you live inside your country, and they might actually care more about what the US government is doing outside the US. We obviously don't sympathize with the brutal and senseless actions of the fanatics that caused 9-11. However, the actions of the US government cannot be justified either. The bombings took a lot of innocent lives and will continue to do so for several years from starvation, disease and even unexploded bombs. War as we know is death for the people who live there. What's very bothering is that a lot of people believe that this war was and is justified. A lot of people believe the lives of children and innocent people are justified.
If you want to get an idea as to why they hate us, and whether or not the war can be justified, this book will give you a great insight. The book also talks about how the war on terrorism is affecting our daily lives here, our future, and what we can do to help. The book presents a lot of facts after thorough research, analyses and suggestions as well.
Being aware is in itself a great help we can do to ourselves.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By flux1968 on February 20, 2003
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This is probably the best book I've seen on the 'War on Terror." It's clearly argued and well documented. Others have already discussed the books strengths so I won't go into them here, but there is one problem I have with it.

For all his research into the history of the United States' constant flaunting of international law, he fails to draw the logical conclusion from it: the United States will not obey any law that it does not want to. From the local to the international level, laws are only as good as they are enforceable; otherwise, they're just words on paper. To put it another way: political power grows from the barrel of a gun, and the US has the most and the biggest guns so there is little reason to believe, as Mahajan and others like Noam Chomsky do, that an international body can somehow compel the US to do anything. Before we start looking to the UN for solutions, we should see what it's track record has been when it comes to preventing or facilitating US militarism and we'll find that it consistently does the latter. Is that simply due to weak-spined political leaders? I don't believe so. It's because the US is such a cornerstone of international capitalism, that its role has to be preserved for the system to keep functioning, even at the short-term expense of other nations. What that implies for social justice movements is that we must be brutally honest about our country and its social-economic system, and I think any debate has to start with this premise.

Despite that, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good understanding of the US government's post-9/11 actions, both domestically and internationally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vatarris Evans on May 22, 2005
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From year to year while amassing wealth and light-heartedly thinking that one can shut out world poverty and problems, the nation was forced to open its eyes to the atrocities of imperialism with the September 11 attacks. Mahajan's New Crusade speaks on U.S. imperialism and its effects on subordinate countries. From the blatant defiance of international law to impoverishing sanctions on Iraq, he touches on several subjects to explain the root of the 911 attacks and a prelude to potential Third World retaliation that he aptly labels the "blow back".

Mahajan begins by explaining the role of the media as a propaganda machine, shifting public attention away from foreign policy and to justify war with Afghanistan. Weeks after 911, President Bush addressed the nation in his first speech by stating "America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world" (p 13). Mahajan adds that news anchors jumped on the "They hate us for our freedom" bandwagon to stir controversy. He quotes the omnipotent news anchor Dan Rather of CBS News as saying, "They hate us because they are losers. They see us as winners. And those who see themselves as losers sometimes develop a deep and abiding hatred for those they see who are winners"(p 13). An onslaught of like statements invoked a delusive sense of supremacy, arrogance and promoted prejudice that according to Mahajan, was designed to steer public attention from the motives of the attack.

Virtually unknown to the public, Mahajan also mentions the initial agreement of the Taliban to extradite Osama Bin Laden to Pakistan where he would be tried by Islamic law provided substantial evidence was produced indicating involvement in the 911 attacks (p.21) and the refusal of the Bush camp to negotiate.
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