The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism

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The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and the US government response, especially after the bombing of Afghanistan, transformed US and global politics.

—Will the US-led war on terrorism rid the world of this scourge, or fuel the hatred and suffering on which it feeds?

—Will the middle East and central Asia be stabilized once Afghanistan is reduced to rubble and starvation, or become a zone of enduring war?

—Within the United States, will it bring about new forms of patriotism...

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Overview


The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and the US government response, especially after the bombing of Afghanistan, transformed US and global politics.

—Will the US-led war on terrorism rid the world of this scourge, or fuel the hatred and suffering on which it feeds?

—Will the middle East and central Asia be stabilized once Afghanistan is reduced to rubble and starvation, or become a zone of enduring war?

—Within the United States, will it bring about new forms of patriotism and solidarity, or provide a platform for intensified racism, new assaults on civil liberties, and on the living standards of ordinary Americans?

This book locates ongoing events in the aftermath of September 11 in historical context, analyzes their motive forces and possible outcomes, and examines the alternatives that face the anti-globalization movement and opponents of racism and war. The New Crusade sets out the main historical and political issues at stake clearly, accessibly, and comprehensively. It examines US policy in the middle East from the break-up of the Soviet Union, ongoing sanctions against Iraq, and the quest for a US oil pipeline from the former Soviet republics through Afghanistan; the ideology of the National Security State and its implications for global conflict; the nature of humanitarian interventions in the Third World; and the questions of international law raised by terrorism. It concludes with a fresh appraisal of the options facing us today.

Reflecting both deep knowledge of the region and the commitment and hands-on experience of a seasoned activist, Mahajan provides a powerful interpretation of events that will be decisive in the making of our time.

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"Mahajan writes clearly and in plain language and the book takes on directly the main issues surrounding the war."—
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Mahajan (a doctoral student in physics and peace activist) presents a forceful alternate view to America's war on terrorism, stressing the inhumane results to common people and the benefits to a minority elite (the latter mainly in the US) and the misrepresentation of events in the western media. Detailing the parallel political agendas of the current President Bush and his father, Mahajan describes the history of an economic agenda which he argues lies behind America's war in Afghanistan and its expansion globally as a war on terrorism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583670705
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Pt. 1 The War on Terrorism - Myth and Reality 11
1 Another Pearl Harbor 11
2 They Hate Us for Our Freedom 12
3 You're with Us or You're with the Terrorists 16
4 Self-Defense 19
5 Multilateralism, Diplomacy, Restraint 22
6 Power, not Revenge 31
7 A Humanitarian War 33
8 Surgical Strikes 43
9 A War for Civilization 51
10 A War on Terrorism 54
11 Fighting for Our Security 56
12 United We Stand 62
13 Restricting Freedom in Defense of Freedom 65
14 Racism: We've Come a Long Way 71
15 Dissent: Defending to the Death 75
16 The Free Press Reports for Duty 79
17 Censorship in Defense of Civilization 86
18 The People Want War 92
19 We Have to Do Something 94
Pt. 2 The New White Man's Burden 99
20 The White Man's Burden 99
21 The United States as Imperial Power 101
22 Assessing Humanitarian Intent: Biological Warfare? 105
23 Assessing Humanitarian Intent: Making Africa Safe for AIDS 107
24 Humanitarian Interventions in Context: Afghanistan, Somalia, Kosovo, Rwanda 109
25 Who Cares about Iraq? 118
26 Beyond the White Man's Burden 122
Pt. 3 New Directions in the War on Terrorism 124
27 Afghanistan and Central Asia 124
28 Somalia, the Philippines, and Other Targets 125
29 Israel and Palestine 127
30 Iraq 130
31 Weapons of Mass Destruction as Casus Belli 136
32 Reexamining National Security 138
33 Biological Weapons Again 140
34 Containing the Rogue State 143
Notes 149
Index 153
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