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Good intro to neo-con thought
on May 27, 2008
I recommend this book for anyone who is developing their thinking w/r/t Islamism and Middle East policy, and moral and cultural relativism generally. Gove is a hawkish, intelligent, lucid thinker and writer and his views are bound to prickle many, particularly those on the anti-American left.
I was especially interested by his views on Israel - a sort of modern day West Berlin, a strategic bulwark of democracy against the failed Islamic states surrounding it. Bet that doesn't slip down smoothly in some quarters.
I read this book soon after journalist Nick Cohen's 'What's Left'. From opposite sides of the traditional spectrum, the two thinkers have united on this issue pretty much whole. Truly we are living in new times, where old left/right certainties are melding and fuzzing up. Dangerous and interesting times.