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The New American Empire Paperback – February 24, 2004
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In sixteen thought-provoking chapters, the author
discusses, among other topics, a comparison of the
zealous mindsets of Ossama bin Laden and George W.
Bush, the rise of the religious right and its growing
influence in the Republican Party, the international
implications of the "Bush Doctrine" of September,
2002, and the strategic importance of oil.
One of the most enlightening sections in this timely
book is the discussion of the "Just War Theory".
Is George W. Bush's war of aggression against Iraq a
"Just War"? The author emphatically answers No. He
presents a clear case against a war which has so far
caused more than 25,000 deaths, most of them civilian,
including those of more than 1,000 young Americans
sent half way around the world. For what? Nobody seems
to know, since the official rationales for starting
this war have disappeared one after the other, some
being outright lies.
This was not a war of "last resort", since Wolfowitz,
Cheney and Co had been planning the invasion of Iraq
for more than a decade. It would seem now that the war
in Iraq is not being fought with the "right
intentions": Wolfowitz and Cheney have mentioned, on
numerous occasions, that "Iraq's oil" had to be
secured. There was no "just cause" either since Iraq
had no military capabilities to threaten the United
States, or any other country for that matter. This is
a war with no legitimacy, since the United Nations
refused to give its authorisation for such a military
invasion. And, as a result of the indiscriminate
bombings of civilian urban populations, it is an
immoral war, because it has resulted in the killing of
scores of innocent people.
Chapter 16, "Greatness and Decadence of the West",
could perhaps have been the starting point for this
essay, and is well worth a second read. In it, Dr.
Tremblay resumes in a nutshell the essential values of
Western civilisation and the reasons for its success.
Taking us into the future, the author speculates on
the life cycle of this "Democratic Western Empire"
which may soon be split into two competing economic
blocs-the United States and Europe. Eventually, as
China develops and expands, a tri-polar world may
Because of its sharp analysis of U.S. politics
following the shock of Sept.11, this book will hold
the readers interest from beginning to end. Kudos to
There is no doubt that unbridled interventionism, often done illegally and under murky influences, is the root cause of why there is so much anti-americanism around the world. And case in point is the gratuitous violence imposed on some Muslim countries, i.e. Iraq and Palestine. This is creating tons of resentment all over the Muslim world, turning many to hatred and some to terrorism.
Tremblay's book offers a way out of this circular dilemma: Apply to the Muslim world the same treatment given to the Communist world with the 1975 Helsinki Accords. As he puts it (p. 152-53), the Helsinki Accords, signed by 33 Eastern and Western European countries, the United States, and Canada, played a fundamental role in opening up the communist bloc to liberty, freedom and reforms. I doubt that bombs would have brought the same result.
Former President Mikhail Gorbachev has said that the Helsinki Accords opened the door to reforms that would not have taken place otherwise. Why can we not adopt a similar approach with the Muslim world, instead of jumping all the time on the war wagon? This is a well-written and well-researched book. It is highly recommended.
I have a feeling that this is one book that will stand out as very prophetic in a few years.
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If you want to know why there are so many wars, read this book.