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An introduction to the ideology of the most powerful nation,
This review is from: Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin (Paperback)
Through writings of a wide range of intellectuals and speeches by G.W.Bush, Ira Chernus gives a compelling overwiev of today's ideological trends in US policy making.
Although 9/11 and Iraq are duly mentioned in various sections, Ira Chernus does not spend much time on specific events rather, focuses on the philosophical driving force behind them. Much of his attention is devoted to the neoconservatives who, even today, seem to have an almost exclusive influence on US foreign policy. He reveals step by step, how "... Conservative moralists fuse politics, nationalism, culture and religion into a single arena...". The role of Evangelical Christians and liberal internationalists in this process is briefly but succinctly discussed.
Overall, he suggests that by reducing important questions to Biblical simplicity, the government has successfully maintained fear as the determining feeling in the American society.
Reading the passages from the neocon thinkers, I got cold shivers, as they twisted the noble concepts of Freedom, Democracy, Justice and Morals to paternalistic, self serving tools for their hegemonic ambitions. I may have questioned the accuracy or context of some of the quotes, had I not read the Project for the New American Century's report, Rebuilding America's Defenses that apparently staked out US foreign policy since its publication in September, 2000.
In summary, anyone who is in the majority camp of ideologically uncommitted, or who has even the slightest doubt about the purity, rightousness, unselfishness and piety of today's US foreign and domestic policy, should read this book to be able to reevaluate whether their view of the country is correct.
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