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American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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Laid out in exhaustingly researched detail, "America Raj" is the story of colonial overlords, possessed with a Mongol-like disdain for non-western lives and an insatiable thirst for the resources of other nations. Dressed up as a war on something, terror, drugs, humanitarian casuses,etc., etc., western powers have and continue to devour the resources of others as might a blight of locusts in a wheat field.
As one of my favorite literary pugilists, Mr. Margolis pulls no punches in his analysis of the root-cause of what today is termed "terrorism."
"American Raj" guides us through the turbulent history of colonialism, that has, beyond doubt, certified that resistance to foreign occupation and resource exploitation is [the] principal motive-force behind what is conveniently coined as terrorism by western powers, currently their self-serving leit motif for state-sponsored plunder.
In summation, "American Raj" is the best of the genre regards the currency and philosphy of the axiom that those "who ignore history are doomed to repeat it." Policy makers and imperialists in the West would do well to read this book and heed many of the recommendations articulated by the author. The road to a peaceful co-existence with the Muslim world is profoundly yet precisely chartered in this masterful work.
Bruce G. Richardson
Author: "Afghanistan, A Search for Truth"
Equally the author gives a chilling account of the self serving opportunism, cynicism, and arrogance of many western powers in their dealings with the Muslim world, which creates further conflict, and a deep distrust of western institutions and intentions.
"American Raj" contains masterful narrative, analysis, and comment, as well as a road map of constructive action vital to improving the relations between the West and the Muslim world. A brilliant book on the subject of a significant 21st Century challange.
A very good and enlightening book.
I learned much from it and it has given me a solid insight into the present dangers based on the misconduct of Western Nations.
His solutions seem easy. But probably not possible.
Let us hope his book will help the world to find a way out of the conflicts.
There is only one objection I have to make which concerns the way he describes the post-war situation in Indonesia.
I will in no way diminish the ravenous behavior of the Dutch through the ages .It made that nation filthy rich and the shame of it is well etched into the Dutch national psyche. We are certainly not proud of it.
Then, after '45, the Dutch army went to fight the uprising.
Again, awful things happened but there was no bombing of cities. For the simple reason that we had nothing to bomb with, like when the Germans entered in '45.
We gave up after 5 days when Rotterdam was so cowardly bombed. The army was hopelessly outdated and untrained.
Also, the "cities" in Indonesia could not have been more than "kampongs" at that time.
And the atrocities were committed by soldiers, not by the regular Dutch population.
We were certainly not "Wilhelmina's Willing Executioners" as Margolis makes us believe.
I have spoken to my cousin, now 85, who was there as a soldier,and also to a very knowledgable historian.
They both gave me a clear picture of the circumstances and the aftermath.
First of all, many atrocities were committed by the invading Japanese who simply walked in and imprisoned completely innocent British and Dutch citizens, doling out torture, slave labor, rape,starvation and humiliation with great enthusiasm.Read more ›
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extremely interesting in the fact that the Mideast is a violent cesspool and always has been==a great deal is explained and its well written-it also states that we--the-u. Read morePublished 26 days ago by mary rich
I choose to read American Raj because I regularly read articles on foreign policy by Margolis. He is an expert in his field. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Graham Simmons
This book contains much information that too many Americans don't know about US-World Islamic relations.
I sincerely hope many people will read it.
Eye opening on what is going on in the middle east. Very clear explanations of many countries troubled past, had the west intervened and how that led to America's current positions... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A mix of history and politics, this should be required reading for anyone before saying a word about what we should be ding in the middle east. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Winter Wonder
The Middle East has long been in conflict with its Western neighbors, but how does this conflict end? "American Raj: Liberation or Domination? Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
This book shines as true guiding light and should be made part of curriculum of every educational institution. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Arif &Ed : Books,Music And Java
Read this book to learn about the reality of the Middle East and Islam. But, be warned that Mr. M has strong opinions about the Bush Administration, so keep this in mind and try... Read morePublished on March 8, 2009 by N. Demers