Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder / Edition 2

Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder / Edition 2

by Gilbert Achcar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1594513090

ISBN-13: 9781594513091

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This inquiry into the probable shape of things to come is sober, uncompromising, deeply informed, and full of provocative insights and judicious analyses." Noam Chomsky "The most forceful, most rigorous text that there is to read on this war." Le Monde Diplomatique The volatile Middle East is the site of vast resources, profound passions, frequent crises, and long

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"This inquiry into the probable shape of things to come is sober, uncompromising, deeply informed, and full of provocative insights and judicious analyses." Noam Chomsky "The most forceful, most rigorous text that there is to read on this war." Le Monde Diplomatique The volatile Middle East is the site of vast resources, profound passions, frequent crises, and long-standing conflicts, as well as a major source of international tensions and a key site of direct U.S. intervention. Two of the most astute analysts of this part of the world are Noam Chomsky, the preeminent critic of U.S. foreign policy, and Gilbert Achcar, a leading specialist of the Middle East who lived in that region for many years. In their new book, Chomsky and Achcar bring a keen understanding of the internal dynamics of the Middle East and of the role of the United States, taking up all the key questions of interest to concerned citizens, including such topics as terrorism, fundamentalism, conspiracies, oil, democracy, self-determination, anti-Semitism, and anti-Arab racism, as well as the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the sources of U.S. foreign policy. This book provides the best readable introduction for all who wish to understand the complex issues related to the Middle East from a perspective dedicated to peace and justice.

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ISBN-13:
9781594513091
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From One September 11th to Another

1. The Narcissistic Compassion and Global Spectacle
-Anti-Americanism and ‘Values’
-Absolute and Relative Evil
-The Uniqueness of 11 September
-Globalization and Narcissistic Compassion
-The Media and the Logic of War

2. Oil, Religion, Fanaticism and Frankensteins
-The Sorcerer’s Apprentices
-An Islamic Texas
-Propagating Islamic Fundamentalism
-Interpretations of Islamic Fundamentalism
-On Despotism in Muslim Countries
-Neither Fascist nor Progressive
-Bin Laden’s Duel with Washington

3. Hatred, Barbarisms, Asymmetry and Anomie
-Hatred and Strategy
-The Clash of Barbarisms
-Preventing Terrorism
-On Asymmetric Dominance
-Hegemonic Unilateralism
-Apocalyptic Terrorism
-Urban Violence and Anomie

4. The Barbarism of the ‘Civilizing Mission’ [Postscript]
-Varieties of Perverse Enjoyment
-The ‘Civilizing Mission’s’ New Clothes
-The ‘Democracy Paradox’

Conclusion: Leviathan and the Presidents
-Two Conceptions of World Order
-Postwar Choices

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