Crusade

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"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the ...

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Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War

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Overview

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

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"Devastating and deeply humanistic...James Carroll's critiques of our foreign policy offer a unique combination of historical knowledge and moral perspective. For people concerned about the mixture of religion, politics, and terrorism (our and theirs) in today's world, Carroll is the ultimate guide." —Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself and others. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." —Garry Wills

"This is the most compelling report and analysis that we've had yet of the Middle East conflict, specifically Iraq, and all in wonderfully readable style...Those who are uncomfortable about our commitment in Iraq as well as those who have made up their minds against it will find here both literate and compelling support." —John Kenneth Galbraith

"In his remarkable memoir, An American Requiem, James Carroll established himself as an eloquent critic of the immorality and madness of the Vietnam War. In Crusade, he has wedded this moral clarity to a keen sense of both history and the enormous complexity of peacemaking. These passionate essays constitute a devastating critique of the folly fobbed off as 'realism' by the Bush administration in its ill-conceived 'War on Terror.'" —John Dower, author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"At a time when political writing seems like a food fight between left and right, Jim Carroll writes from a vivid moral center. He questions power and warns of the folly of conflict. This collection offers a rare and courageous voice."—Ellen Goodman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805078435
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: American Empire Project Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

James Carroll is the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning memoir An American Requiem; Constantine's Sword, a history of Christian anti-Semitism; and ten novels. He lectures widely on war and peace, and on Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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From Crusade:

In the Gothic splendor of the National Cathedral, three days after the events of September 11, George W. Bush made the most stirring-and ominous-declaration of his presidency. "Americans do not yet have the distance of history," he said, "but our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil."

Most Americans, perhaps, heard the statement as mere rhetoric of the high pulpit, but as the "distance of history" lengthens, we can see that with that declaration the President redefined his raison d'etre and that of the nation-nothing less than to "rid the world of evil." The initiatives taken by Washington in the last two years are incomprehensible except in the context of this objective. Clearly President Bush meant exactly what he said. Something entirely new, for America at least, is animating its government. The greatest power the earth has ever known is now expressly mobilized against the world's most ancient mystery. What human beings have never before been able to do, George W. Bush has taken on as his personal mission, and he aims to accomplish it in one election cycle, two at most.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Onward Christian

1. Holy War

Law Not War

The Pentagon Mourning

This Crusade, This War

Gandhi's Birthday

Religion: Problem or Solution?

2. Afghanistan

But What Changed?

The Bombing Reconsidered

Why I Love This Country

This War Is Not Just

The Way the War Ends

3. War At Home

Robert Kennedy and John Ashcroft

Advent in a Time of Terror

The Unjustice Department

Red Christmas

New Year's Resolutions

Part Two: Soldiers March

4. Dead or Alive

U.S. Moves Fuel Bellicosity Elsewhere

The Axis to Fear

Bush the Radical

America as Sparta

Pakistan versus India

5. Jerusalem

Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Peace

The Palestinian and the Israeli

Lost Children of the Conflict

The Disappearing Border

Suicide-Murder

6. Afraid

In the Bunker

America the Fearful

American Mortality

The Coming War in Iraq

Lies, Damned Lies

A Mistake, and a Crime

Catholic Collapse and U.S. Foreign Policy

So Who Do I Think I Am?

7. Drumbeat

Inarticulate and Proud of It

The War Anniversary

Good Doubt, Bad Faith

The President’s Nuclear Threat

Antiwar Then, Antiwar Now

8. Hostage

Threshold Period

The Purpose of the War

Toeing the Fault Line of Fear

A Missile Cover-up at MIT?

What the Seven Died For

9. Moral Memory

Philip Berrigan

The Christmas Bombing

The Last Year

The Twenty-ninth Day

Part Three: As to War

10: Iraq

At the United Nations

The Age of Innocence

Watch the War with Both Eyes

A War Policy in Collapse

A Mediation on War

At War in Iraq

11. Questions

An April Fools' Day Surprise

The Answer Is No

A Nation Lost

Moral Awareness in Korea

The Absolute Weapon

12. Recognitions

Bad Weather over America

Antisemitism and Israel

Palestinian Pain and Hope

Millennial War

To Love America

13. Lost

Ridding the World of Evil

Unintelligence

Was the War Necessary?

The Habit of Revenge

The War Is Lost

14. War Spreads

From Politics to Resistance

Antiterrorism Creed

Boykin’s Bigger God

Full-Spectrum Dominance

15. Every Occupation Ends Badly

The Solution Is the Problem

Day of Remembrance

JFK’s November

Of Thanks and Mercy

Why Peace Won't Come

Captives: Hussein and Hiroshima

A Year in America

16. The Passions of War

But McGovern Was Right

State of the Union

Dying for a Mistake

The Real Passions of Christ

A Wall Across the World

An Obscene Portrayal of Christ's Passion

One Year Later

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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