By Gabriel Kolko

Another Century of War? is a candid and important examine America’s “new wars” via an excellent and provocative analyst of its previous ones. Gabriel Kolko’s masterly reports of clash have redefined our perspectives of recent battle and its results; during this pressing and well timed treatise, he turns his consciousness to our present trouble and the darkish destiny it portends.

Another Century of War? insists that the roots of terrorism lie in America’s personal cynical rules within the heart East and Afghanistan, a half-century of actual politik justified by way of crusades for oil and opposed to communism. The latter probability has disappeared, yet the USA has develop into much more formidable in its imperialist adventures and, because the contemporary obstacle proves, even much less secure.

America, Kolko contends, reacts to the complexity of global affairs with its complex expertise and more advantageous firepower, now not with lifelike political reaction and negotiation. He deals a severe and well-informed overview of even if this sort of coverage deals any desire of accomplishing better defense for the United States. elevating a similar hard-hitting questions that made his Century of struggle a “crucial” (Globe and Mail) evaluate of our age of clash, Kolko asks no matter if the wars of the longer term will finish another way from these in our prior.

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Homeland itself was only a matter of when, how, and where it would occur. But few—perhaps no one in power—quite believed them. 11 24997 CH01 1/4/08 3:22 PM Page 12 A N OT H E R C E N T U RY O F WA R ? In the weeks after the September 11 trauma the Bush administration declared a war against terrorism, without nuance and wherever it might be, and warned that more attacks were highly likely, if not certain. What the president called “a second wave of terrorist attacks” began in late September. 8 This time the perpetrator was probably a native American who had access to the Pentagon’s own high-grade biological weapons.

From 1960 until 1996 its imports rose at least fourfold. S. 8 percent in 2000—most of it from Saudi Arabia. 35 24997 CH02 1/4/08 3:23 PM Page 36 A N OT H E R C E N T U RY O F WA R ? For Western Europe and Japan the percentages are far higher. The Persian Gulf in 2000 contained approximately 65 percent of the world’s total oil reserves and about 34 percent of its natural gas reserves. The region has become increasingly important for the entire world economy. S. petroleum production until 2020 is expected to remain constant.

1 Diplomatically the country was essentially neutral, and therefore of slight interest to the great powers. Unlike the majority of the population, neither Zahir nor his cousin were Islamic fundamentalists. Daoud was an opportunist and interested principally in power, and by 1975 he had banned all opposition parties. Like his dispossessed cousin he did not recognize the borders with Pakistan. Despite his authoritarianism, he also pretended to be a modernizer, and fundamentalists called his reforms atheistic.

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