Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War [NOOK Book]


A devastating indictment of the Bush administration's war policies from the bestselling author and respected moral authority

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, son of a general, former antiwar chaplain and activist, and recognized voice of ethical authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration ...
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A devastating indictment of the Bush administration's war policies from the bestselling author and respected moral authority

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, son of a general, former antiwar chaplain and activist, and recognized voice of ethical authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration over its actions. 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.

Crusade, the collection of Carroll's searing columns, offers a comprehensive and tough-minded critique of the war on terror. From Carroll's first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume displays his rare insight and scope. 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.

A cry from the heart, a record of protest, and a permanently relevant analysis, Carroll's work confronts the Bush era and measures it against what America was meant to be.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466855083
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: American Empire Project
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 883,247
  • File size: 359 KB

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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Chronicles of an Unjust War (The American Empire Project)

By Carroll, James

Owl Books

Copyright © 2005

Carroll, James

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0805078436

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


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

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
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

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