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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.
One of my friends and her family were lucky enough to survive the ordeal but returned to Holland broken in body and spirit.
Several other details should be taken into consideration.
There were several pockets of the Indonesian population which were pro-Dutch and migrated to Holland as soon as they could. They were, needless to say, easily integrated and I remember having an Indonesian doctor as well as an Indonesian dentist. And friends.
Then came Sukarno, Dutch-educated, a populist who joined whatever was most advantageous to him which was, at that time, communism.
When it turned out after a few years that life under him was far from peachy the call went out to get the Dutch back in.
Since it was too late for that the second wave of Indonesians emigrated to Holland. Greeted with understandably less enthusiasm . But they were accepted.
As far as the Dutch making so much of the German occupation,[ which apparently is not granted because of Indonesia] , I will ask you to leave it up to us to judge the impact.
No, we didn't fight and not a soul will tell you we can be compared to the Poles or the Russians.
But there was enough trauma, starvation and cold, reprisal killings, deportations, and also torture to make life extremely miserable. Specially for parents with children and people with Jewish friends.
It was no picnic I can assure you. In the end we still got a good dose of V-1 and V-11 rockets over our heads.
We were powerless.
I hope I have put some statements made by Margolis into a better light.
He was not there.
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I sincerely hope many people will read it.