- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
(The destruction of the World Trade Center; the attack on the Pentagon; the explosion of four jet airliners; President Bush's promises of a worldwide war on terror; dispatch of American carriers to the Indian Ocean; initial criticism of proposed American response both at home and abroad)
During the three-week lull between September 11 and our military response in early October, it was not clear when and if America would strike back. Despite our president's immediate and firm assurance that we would battle terrorists across the globe for years to come, critics both here and abroad immediately questioned the morality of our tactics in bombing the terrorist enclaves in Afghanistan and the military feasibility of finding the al-Qaeda camps--and then destroying them without either killing scores of innocent civilians or causing such disruption as to precipitate wide-scale starvation and disease.
In addition, we did not know exactly the number of our own dead, as casualties on September 11 were at first feared to be in the tens of thousands, before generally being reduced to a round figure of between seven thousand and three thousand killed--a total by January 2002 that would be generally recognized as around three thousand fatalities. Both friends in Europe and neutrals and enemies in the Middle East demanded "proof" that bin Laden had, in fact, masterminded the attacks. Yet throughout these dark days, the Taliban and al-Qaeda alike promised annihilation for any Americans foolish enough to enter Afghanistan and raised the specter of further terrorist attacks here and abroad against the United States.
In the numbing aftermath of September 11, Americans were presented with a daily variety of myths--military, cultural, and political--designed to temper our military response. I was chiefly worried that we were awash in a sea of false knowledge concerning everything from the military history of Afghanistan, the lessons of Vietnam, misinformation about the Northern Alliance, half-truths about the effectiveness of our air forces, the purportedly hopeless struggle against a "new" form of terror, the reasons for al-Qaeda's assault, and the nature of American foreign policy in the Middle East.
September was perhaps the most hectic and depressing month in our nation's history. In the following nine essays, composed in those times of chaos and uncertainty, I employed occasional parody, posed counterfactual scenarios, and drew on classical history--as well as the careers of General Sherman and Winston Churchill, the 2,500-year Western military tradition, the heroism of the New York policemen and firefighters, and our struggle against the Japanese during World War II--all to argue that we had no choice but to counterattack long and hard in Afghanistan.
|Chronology of Events|
|Introduction: Why September 11 Won't Go Away|
|1||What Are We Made Of?||3|
|2||Western Nations Are Slow to Anger, but Lethal in Their Fury||6|
|4||Great Leaders Are Forged in War||11|
|7||General Sherman, the Western Way of War, and September 11||24|
|9||What Would Churchill Say?||43|
|10||On Gorgons and Furies||49|
|12||What Made Them Do Their Duty?||57|
|13||Tragedy or Therapy?||64|
|14||War on All Fronts||69|
|15||Truth and Consequences||75|
|16||The Time Machine||79|
|17||If This Be War||86|
|19||Ripples of Battle||96|
|21||The Dogs of War||112|
|22||Heads, They Win||118|
|23||More an Okinawa Than a Vietnam?||123|
|24||Five Not-So-Easy Pieces||127|
|26||The Time Is Now||138|
|27||A Voice from the Past||145|
|28||The More Things Change||154|
|29||Questions Not Asked||163|
|30||Dates in Infamy||168|
|31||The Pied Piper of Tora Bora||173|
|32||Our Jurassic Park||178|
|33||Odd Couple Out||184|
|34||Pillars of Ignorance||189|
|35||The Iron Veil||200|
|36||Glad We Are Not Fighting Ourselves||204|
|37||It Really Is Your Father's Europe||208|
|38||Winners and Losers||214|
Posted May 3, 2003
This book will explain in clear detail the need for America to defend herself against insane countries throughtout the Middle-East. Our survival as a nation depends on it. Every American should read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2002
Although the Kirkus Review's critic has favorable things to say about Victor Davis Hanson's essays compiled in 'An Autumn of War,' he implies that Hanson takes 'factual latitude' by failing to exclude Yasser Arafat from a list of the Arab world's 'noelected leaders' [sic]. In fact, Hanson is right to include Arafat among the despots, thugs and corrupt princes who currently rule the Middle East. Arafat held but one 'election' a half-dozen years ago, a sham characterized by a captive press, an opposition threatened with violence, and a refusal to commit to a reelection vote. And he has governed as he campaigned, with political opponents usually showing up in West Bank dumpsters instead of petitioning his rubber-stamp parliament.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2002
This book is so important for all Americans and those who love freedom to read. Mr. Hanson brings us back to the real world. History and evil has not ended as so many thought before Sept. 11, 2001. We now find our nation within a struggle we must win. If we don't, thousands, maybe millions of Americans may be killed, and our freedoms sundered. Mr. Hanson also proves how Sept. 11th was not a result of American policies, rather he shows how America has done more than any other nation to save people of the Islamic faith. Many Americans think because we cultivate multiculturalism, tolerance and moral relativism we can't be hated. But Sept. 11th taught us understanding evil will not save American lives. This Evil has to be defeated. Thank you Mr. HansonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.