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World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism Hardcover – September 11, 2007
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One of the few proud neoconservatives remaining, Podhoretz offers an impassioned defense of President Bush's foreign policy, gleefully attacking those on the left and the right who harbor suspicions that Bush fils is less than infallible. Convinced that we are in the middle of the fourth world war (the Cold War was the third), he attempts to steel us for the years of conflict to come. But Podhoretz's argument falls flat because of his refusal to face difficult realities in Iraq. He insists that the media has resolutely tried to ignore any and all signs of progress and repeatedly asserts that those with whom he disagrees are committed to seeing the U.S. fail in Iraq in order to enhance their professional reputations. Even in describing how the events of September 11 drew America together, Podhoretz cannot resist partisan sniping: [E]ven on the old flag-burning Left, a few prominent personalities were painfully wrenching their unaccustomed arms into something vaguely resembling a salute. Podhoretz's take-no-prisoners writing style will delight his partisans while infuriating his ideological opponents, whom he brands as members of a domestic insurgency against the Bush Doctrine. (Sept.)
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Podhoretz has been an intellectual combatant in the neoconservative ranks for decades, and here he engages critics of America's current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Stoutly defending President George W. Bush, Podhoretz covers every avenue of attack on Bush's strategy of responding militarily to Islamic terrorists rather than continuing the law-enforcement approach that had been the tendency prior to 9/11. The so-called Bush Doctrine of regime change, preemptive war, and propagation of democracies in the Middle East, Podhoretz argues, is comparable to the Truman Doctrine at the start of the cold war and is strategically and morally sound in light of the aims and methods of radical Islamic terrorists. However, Podhoretz is pessimistic about the successful application of the Bush Doctrine. He asserts that a nearly unanimous anti-Bush phalanx in academia, in the Democratic Party, and in mass media has been successful in influencing public opinion toward an antiwar direction. Quoting and debating criticisms of Bush from such precincts, and from conservative corners as well, Podhoretz stands as a beleaguered but unwavering voice in the controversy over American foreign policy. Taylor, Gilbert
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Podhoretz's idea is that the "war on terror" is a righteous conflict between democracy and "Islamofascism," a rubric he suggests covers both the totalitarian socialism of the Baathists and the fundamentalism of militant Islamists, along with the grab-bag of nativist, nationalist, and sectarian Muslim extremists fighting in the world today. Podhoretz depicts them as a seamless enemy hostile to democratic and humanitarian ideals of western civilization, and thus must be aggressively confronted at every opportunity.
Podhoretz is an intelligent, articulate, and well-connected man of affairs, and has been in a position to know a great deal more about the planning and execution of the "war on terror" than most of his critics, many of whom would depict it as a monstrosity of jingoistic gunboat diplomacy with a subtext of enhancing the power of partisan politicians and enriching politically-connected businessmen. I think those critiques are partisan and oversimplified, but nevertheless there IS some truth to them.
Podhoretz's argument simply doesn't convince me. True, western ideals of democracy ARE under serious attack - by western idealists as much as anybody - and attempts to control people through violence cannot be tolerated - a principle that cuts both ways. We've been through all this many times now - violent and cruel acts, intended to intimidate civil society, being used by one side to advance revolutionary ideals, and, by the other, to justify the expansion of police powers in the name of state security. Podhoretz downplays concerns about the latter, but I think history has proven him wrong.
About the problem, the islamofascism, this boook even being boring and repetitive many times, remains good.About the solution, this book is very weak.Yes, I agree when this book claims that the World War IV, will be a long and terrible war, but the oil and natural gas are the only source of money to islamic world.
Comparing to XV Century, when Europe was buying spices from islamic world and financing the war against Europe, did by islamic world.The political decision to support scientific research in a for discoveries by Columbus and Vasco da Gama, broke the source of money for islamic world.Spices were so expensive as gold in 1490 and nothing more, than cheap products, just one hundred years later.The political decision (from Portugal and Spain crowns)for decades between 1430 and 1498 to support navigation, sent the price of spices to being absolute uncapable of support islamic agression against Catholic Europe.
In our times, the situation is almost equal.Instead of spices selled at price of gold, islamic world is selling oil.Billions of US dollars goes to islamic world, every day, in selling oil and natural gas.If the USA doesn't buys oil from Iran, Japan and China buys;and at the same price.Without oil and natural gas, Arab world exports less than Finnland; a small country in Europe.
This book has nothing about the solution for oil problem.Nothing about ethanol, biogas,etc.To fight against islamofascism without cuting its source of money and power, is useless.When you buy gas or diesel in any gas station in the world, you are supporting Bin Laden, atomic aiatollahs,Al-qaida,hamas, Herzbollah,etc.Without oil's money, islamic world is even, uncapale of feeding itself.
Without money from spices, Othoman Empire once, the strongest military power of Europe to the "sick man of Europe" in some decades.Without oil's money, islamic world will be vulnarable to its own divisions and civil war.Military power alone can't broke islamic power.Only with the end of massive oil's money, the peace in Middle East can be did.And only whith political will to get a substitute to oil-ethanol to example- we could see really peace and an islamic world looking to peace, after its own weakness, became obvious to everyone.
With oil's Money, Islamic World is incapable of even producing its food.
Famine, civil wars will come as soon as a replacement to Islamic oil will come.