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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 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 (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.
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Mahajan, Rahul
Monthly Review Press
New York
United states
U.S. Government
United States - 20th Century
International Security
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
United States - 21st Century
Government - U.S. Government
Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention.
Terrorism -- United States.
Politics - General
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