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"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

James Carroll is the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning memoir An American Requiem. His other books include Constantine's Sword, which is a history of Christian anti-Semitism, and ten previous novels. Carroll lectures widely on war and peace, and on Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation. He lives in Boston.
With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," President George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And, just as promptly, James CarrollBoston Globe columnist, son of a general, former antiwar chaplain and activist, and recognized voice of ethical authoritybegan a week-by-week argument with the administration over its actions. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the president's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relationswith other nations and with its own citizens.

Crusade, the first collection of Carroll's searing columns, offers a comprehensive and tough-minded critique of the war on terror. From Carroll's first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume displays his rare insight and scope. Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

A cry from the heart, a record of protest, and a permanently relevant analysis, Carroll's work shrewdly confronts the Bush era and measures it against what America was meant to be.

"Thought-provoking . . . challenges us to examine our own morals and carefully parse the language of war."The Christian Science Monitor

"A journalistic page of glory. With unerring political as well as moral instinct, Carroll has shown that it is possible to see and understand the true nature of awful eventsnot only afterward, with hindsight, but even as they unfold, when it counts most."Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself and others. James Carroll brings to bearI hope not too latethe moral clarity we so badly need."Garry Wills

"Crusade is the most compelling report and analysis that we've had yet of the Middle East conflict, specifically Iraq, and all in a wonderfully readable style . . . Those who are uncomfortable about our commitment in Iraq as well as those who have made up their minds against it will find here both literate and compelling support."John Kenneth Galbraith

"At a time when political writing seems like a food fight between left and right, Carroll writes from a vivid moral center. He questions power and warns of the folly of conflict. His is a rare and courageous voice."Ellen Goodman

"Devastating and deeply humanistic . . . Carroll's critiques of our foreign policy offer a unique combination of historical knowledge and moral perspective. For people concerned about the mixture of religion, politics, and terrorism (ours and theirs) in today's world, Carroll is the ultimate guide."Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

"In his remarkable memoir, An American Requiem, Carroll established himself as an eloquent critic of the immorality and madness of the 6Vietnam War. In Crusade, he has wedded this moral clarity to both a keen sense of history and an awareness of the enormous complexity of peacemaking. Here is a passionate and devastating critique of the folly fobbed off as 'realism' by the Bush administration in its ill-conceived 'War on Terror.John Dower, author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Did Dubya know what mental associations he conjured up when, post-9/11, he promised to launch a crusade against terror? Maybe not. But Al Qaeda got the pointand so did the rest of the Muslim world. Which is none to the good, writes former Catholic priest and current Boston Globe columnist Carroll. Evoking the Crusades of yore was a mistake, he argues at the outset. 'My thoughts went to the elusive Osama bin Laden, how pleased he must have been, Bush already reading from his script,' Carroll writes, provocatively. And how so? For Bush, Carroll hazards, 'crusade' was a casual, offhand reference, but for Muslims it would have called to mind hundreds of years of warfare with a millennial Christianity at whose head stood a savior whose cross had been beaten into a sword. Maybe not so offhand, then, for, Carroll writes, 'George W. Bush, having cheerfully accepted responsibility for the executions of 152 death row inmates in Texas, had already shown himself to be entirely at home with divinely sanctioned violence.' At once theologian, philosopher, gadfly, and policy wonk, Carroll proceeds, in this collection of Globe commentaries, to poke and probe at the assumptions of the administration, which all seem to have a strange inevitability; after all, he notes, September 11, 1991, was the date on which Dubya's father announced that a new world order had emerged from the ashes of the Soviet empire. Carroll thoughtfully examines the build-up to the Iraq conflict in the light of Vietnam, a war in which his father prominently served, and he champions in its stead a humane internationalism . . . Smart and closely argued contrarianism, worthy of a Berrigan or Niebuhr. And don't miss the bonus track: a learned, priestly scourging of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, 'a triumph of sadomasochistic exploitation.'"Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

About the Author

James Carroll is the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning memoir An American Requiem; Constantine's Sword, a history of Christian anti-Semitism; and ten novels. He lectures widely on war and peace, and on Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Onward Christian

1. Holy War

Law Not War

The Pentagon Mourning

This Crusade, This War

Gandhi's Birthday

Religion: Problem or Solution?

2. Afghanistan

But What Changed?

The Bombing Reconsidered

Why I Love This Country

This War Is Not Just

The Way the War Ends

3. War At Home

Robert Kennedy and John Ashcroft

Advent in a Time of Terror

The Unjustice Department

Red Christmas

New Year's Resolutions

Part Two: Soldiers March

4. Dead or Alive

U.S. Moves Fuel Bellicosity Elsewhere

The Axis to Fear

Bush the Radical

America as Sparta

Pakistan versus India

5. Jerusalem

Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Peace

The Palestinian and the Israeli

Lost Children of the Conflict

The Disappearing Border

Suicide-Murder

6. Afraid

In the Bunker

America the Fearful

American Mortality

The Coming War in Iraq

Lies, Damned Lies

A Mistake, and a Crime

Catholic Collapse and U.S. Foreign Policy

So Who Do I Think I Am?

7. Drumbeat

Inarticulate and Proud of It

The War Anniversary

Good Doubt, Bad Faith

The Presidents Nuclear Threat

Antiwar Then, Antiwar Now

8. Hostage

Threshold Period

The Purpose of the War

Toeing the Fault Line of Fear

A Missile Cover-up at MIT?

What the Seven Died For

9. Moral Memory

Philip Berrigan

The Christmas Bombing

The Last Year

The Twenty-ninth Day

Part Three: As to War

10: Iraq

At the United Nations

The Age of Innocence

Watch the War with Both Eyes

A War Policy in Collapse

A Mediation on War

At War in Iraq

11. Questions

An April Fools' Day Surprise

The Answer Is No

A Nation Lost

Moral Awareness in Korea

The Absolute Weapon

12. Recognitions

Bad Weather over America

Antisemitism and Israel

Palestinian Pain and Hope

Millennial War

To Love America

13. Lost

Ridding the World of Evil

Unintelligence

Was the War Necessary?

The Habit of Revenge

The War Is Lost

14. War Spreads

From Politics to Resistance

Antiterrorism Creed

Boykins Bigger God

Full-Spectrum Dominance

15. Every Occupation Ends Badly

The Solution Is the Problem

Day of Remembrance

JFKs November

Of Thanks and Mercy

Why Peace Won't Come

Captives: Hussein and Hiroshima

A Year in America

16. The Passions of War

But McGovern Was Right

State of the Union

Dying for a Mistake

The Real Passions of Christ

A Wall Across the World

An Obscene Portrayal of Christ's Passion

One Year Later

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805078435
Author:
Carroll, James
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Empire Project
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.686 in 0.88 lb

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"The war in Iraq has been a victory of moral fervor over moral clarity. The first without the second is a curse on itself. James Carroll brings to bear-I hope not too late-the moral clarity we so badly need." -Garry Wills

With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," George W. Bush defined the purpose of his presidency. And just as promptly, James Carroll-Boston Globe columnist, bestselling author, and respected moral authority-began a week-by-week argument with the administration. In powerful, passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the President's exploitation of the nation's fears, invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to overturn America's traditional relations-with other nations and its own citizens.

Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.

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