The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond

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A penetrating analysis of the hidden political, economic, and religious agendas behind the September 11 attacks and the war, with an emphasis on Afghanistan’s history and the U.S.-led globalization process that has impoverished and angered much of the world.

The Terrorism Trap is a richly informed, powerfully argued, well-written analysis of the deeper causes and meaning of September 11. Michael Parenti dissects the religious, political, and economic forces behind the attacks, ...

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Overview

A penetrating analysis of the hidden political, economic, and religious agendas behind the September 11 attacks and the war, with an emphasis on Afghanistan’s history and the U.S.-led globalization process that has impoverished and angered much of the world.

The Terrorism Trap is a richly informed, powerfully argued, well-written analysis of the deeper causes and meaning of September 11. Michael Parenti dissects the religious, political, and economic forces behind the attacks, putting them in proper historical perspective, which includes an understanding of Afghanistan’s hidden history. He answers such questions as: Why did September 11 happen? Who is to be blamed? Who is taking advantage of the crisis? Who is hurt by all the ensuing events? And why do they hate us? He sees the religious terrorism of today as related to a longstanding religious tradition of violence as well as being a reaction to a U.S.-led globalization process that has impoverished and angered much of the world. This book helps us understand what is to be done to save democracy from terrorism and reactionism.

Michael Parenti is one of the nation's most astute political analysts. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962 and has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. He frequently appears on radio and television talk shows and lectures on college campuses and before community, church, and public interest groups to discuss current issues and ideas. His books are read by both lay readers and scholars, and are used extensively in college courses.

He is the author of many books including To Kill a Nation (Verso, 2001), History as Mystery (City Lights Books, 1999), Democracy for the Few (St. Martin's; seventh edition 2001), America Besieged (City Lights Books, 1998), Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism (City Lights Books, 1997), Dirty Truths (City Lights Books, 1996), Against Empire (City Lights Books, 1995), Land of Idols: Political Mythology in America (St. Martin’s, 1994), Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media (St. Martin’s; 2nd ed. 1993), Make-Believe Media: The Politics of Entertainment (St. Martin’s, 1992), The Sword and the Dollar: Imperialism, Revolution, and the Arms Race (St. Martin’s, 1989), Power and the Powerless (St. Martin’s, 1978. )

His work has been published in CovertAction Quarterly; Monthly Review; New Political Science; Nature; Z Magazine; Dollars and Sense; The Humanist; The Nation; Journal of Politics; American Political Science Review; The New York Times; Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864054
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Parenti, PhD Yale, is an internationally known author and lecturer. He is one of the nation's leadiing progressive political analysts. He is the author of over 250 published articles and seventeen books. His writings are published in popular periodicals, scholarly journals, and his op-ed pieces have been in leading newspapers such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.

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Table of Contents

1. Terrorism Meets Reactionism
Establishing a permanent war economy; the failure to enact measures to protect Americans from terrorism; the rollback of civil liberties; corporate bailouts and looting the budget surplus
2. The September 11 Obsession
How the media ignores US global militarism; the strange absence of substantive discussion in Congress or the media; why 9/11 is not a unique event; has the world really changed forever and if so, how?
3. Why Did It Happen?
Killing for God and country; why they hate us?; the fallacy of "blaming Americans"
4. Why US Leaders Intervene Everywhere
Supporting the Right throughout the world; refusal to share the wealth; what kind of reforms are made?; when words speak louder than actions; "conspiracy," "incompetence," and other variables
5. Afghanistan, the Real History
Kabul as a cosmopolitan world city when one-half of university students were women; the fate of progressive reforms; the Soviet war; CIA support for fanatical Islamic militants; the Taliban
6. What is to be Undone?
Suggestions for policy changes; what Americans can do
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Every voter should read this before going to the polls

    While not as in-depth as his 'Against Empire', which I highly recommend, this manuscript is well-documented and carefully traces U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since the 70s, which culminated in the attacks of 9/11. The American public will never see an end to these types of horrific events as long as they stick their head in the sand and refuse to objectively analyze the actions of their own country. We trained, armed and paid the very people who attacked us!!

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