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Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W Dower
Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq

civility, September 20, 2011

Arrogance kills. That is the central message revealed in John Dower's perceptive linkage of four pivotal world events spanning the last 70 years. It may take a while, but the result is predictable. Dower clarifies how arrogance is the central weakness in the culture of war that plagues modern powers, including but not limited to the United States. He documents in stark terms how adversaries in major confrontations--where circumstances would seem to offer success--turn sour under the blindness of arrogance: the belief that one's own power and ligitimacy are clearly superior to another, but without real justification. Sadly, the United States manifests this achilles heel despite remarkable achievement in World War II. Pearl Harbor,exclusive initial dominance in atomic weaponry, suffering unprecedented terrorist attacks and deliberate initiation of a severely debilitating war paint a painful picture for this world power. Understanding this common thread running through our recent past is highly enlightening and may yet provide insights necessary to find our true position in the world of the 21st century. Of course, that would require the (mostly men) who shape such decisions to grasp the wisdom of Dower's insight and imbed it in their own thinking and actions. This is required reading for those who allege to lead our nation and anyone else who aspires to influencing them. Dower provides a powerful public service by at least laying the pattern out for all to see who which to grasp the point and benefit from it. The next step is up to us.
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