Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century

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In the no-holds-barred tradition that has won him so many fans across the nation and around the world, best-selling author and strategist Ralph Peters confronts the crucial security issues of our time--and the troubled times to come. With his trademark clarity and force, Peters argues that we have left behind the Age of Ideologies to enter a violent period in which ethnicity and religion--blood and faith--will continue to be the source of ferocious ...

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Overview

  • Now available in paperback

In the no-holds-barred tradition that has won him so many fans across the nation and around the world, best-selling author and strategist Ralph Peters confronts the crucial security issues of our time--and the troubled times to come. With his trademark clarity and force, Peters argues that we have left behind the Age of Ideologies to enter a violent period in which ethnicity and religion--blood and faith--will continue to be the source of ferocious rebellions, genocide, and global terrorism. His compelling vision spares neither our foreign policy nor our domestic follies as he ruthlessly outlines what it will take to protect our country against this new breed of enemies.

  • Russia is back as an aggressive imperialist power.
  • We have forgotten what it takes to win wars, leading to tragic, unnecessary failures.
  • Too many Americans still refuse to take our enemies seriously, even though terrorists and foreign leaders are bent on inflicting apocalyptic destruction on us.
  • hose enemies will use nuclear weapons, if allowed to possess them.
  • Religious wars are impossible to prevent--because our enemies desire them.
  • The Middle East is headed for greater chaos, and Israel may not survive.

Despite these challenges, the United States will remain the world's most successful and greatest power--but the cost will be determined by our willingness to face a new century's brutal realities.

Wars of Blood and Faith continues the ever popular series of work by Ralph Peters on strategy, conflict, and the military published by Stackpole Books--titles that have not only excited and informed a wide range of readers, but have profoundly influenced our national security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811735643
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,401,620
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General magazine. He lives in Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Where We Are Now x

Part I The Twenty-First Century Military

The Shape of Wars to Come 3

Living, and Dying, with Suicide Bombers 15

Shattering Warfare's Rules 18

Heroes with Bulldozers 20

Bloodless Theories, Bloody Wars 23

Hawks for Dissent 30

Why Clausewitz Had It Backward 38

The Hearts-and-Minds Myth 46

The Myth of Immaculate Warfare 54

Studying War 57

Politically Correct War 60

The Man Who Wouldn't Listen 64

Killing with Kindness 67

Letter to the New Secretary 75

Quantitative Incompetence 78

Rebels and Religion 81

Progress and Peril 90

Part II Iraq and Its Neighbors

What Now, Lieutenant?: Another Day in Iraq 101

Does Iran Want War? 111

Blood Borders: How a Better Middle East Would Look 115

Kill, Don't Capture 123

Back to Baghdad 126

Arabs' Last Chance 129

Afghan Reality 132

9/11: Five Years On 135

Is Pakistan Coming Apart? 139

Cradle of Hate 142

Kill Muqtada Now 145

Last Gasps in Iraq 147

Plan B for Iraq 151

Iraq's Uncivil War 161

The Iraq Mutiny? 164

From Metternich to Jim Baker: The High Price of Restoring the Ancien Regime 167

Why They Got It Wrong 171

A Lesson for Tyrants 175

King David Returns 178

Eyeing Iran 181

W's Last Chance 184

Talk Is Cheap 187

Ugly Choices: Tough Bets in Mideast 190

Sunni Vs. Shi'a: It's Not All Islam 194

Part III The Home Front

Spies & Lies 199

Our Strategic Intelligence Problem 203

Secrets for Sale-Cheap 211

Lynching the Marines 214

The New Combatants 217

Part IV Israel's Struggle

Kicking Out Corruption 233

Tragedy of Errors 236

Israel's New Fear 239

Can Israel Win? 242

Target: Hezbollah 246

The Roadto Qana 249

Defying Terror 252

Soldiers' Grit in "Organized Mess" of War 254

Watching the War 257

Ghost Towns of War 260

NYer Hangs Tough 263

Destination: Stalemate 265

Bloody Border 268

Lessons So Far 271

Hezbollah 3, Israel 0 274

Moment of Truth 278

Lessons from Lebanon: The New Model Terrorist Army 282

Part V The World Beyond

Waters of Wealth and War: The Crucial Indian Ocean 293

The "Cartoon Riots": Bigots on Both Sides 302

The Worst Plague 305

Emerging Hot Spots 308

Democracy's Global Crisis 310

Russian Roulette 314

French Twisted 316

Nigerian Nightmare 319

The Undecided Continent: The New Struggle for Africa 322

The "Eurabia" Myth 332

The Damned of Darfur 335

Terror's Surprise Loss-Islamists Fold in Somalia 338

Terrorizing Terrorists 341

Strategic Invisibility 344

Return of the Tribes 356

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