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By Stephen Eric Bronner

Following the assaults of September eleven, 2001, clouds of ash blackened the skies over big apple urban, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. within the wake of the destruction, the USA likely entered a brand new period marked by way of radical alterations within the nation's discourse and within the guidelines of the Bush management. With the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and saber damn in other places, America's worldwide battle on terror started to take form. Lofty rhetoric approximately increasing democracy and protecting freedom stuffed the halls of elite strength and ruled mainstream media insurance of yankee politics. Blood within the Sand deals either an incisive research and a confrontational critique of America's fresh foreign goals and its dominant political tradition. Stephen Eric Bronner demanding situations the proposal that every little thing replaced within the aftermath of 9-11. He indicates as a substitute how a legal act served to legitimize political manipulation and invigorate conventional nationalistic enthusiasms for militarism and imperial growth. utilising his personal studies within the heart East, Bronner recognizes -- yet refuses to overstate -- fresh revolutionary advancements within the sector. He criticizes the neo-conservative penchant for unilateral army aggression and debunks the doubtful proposal of fostering democracy at gunpoint. whereas Bronner analyzes authoritarian repression, human rights violations, shrinking civil liberties, and critical socioeconomic inequalities, Blood within the Sand is neither a slim political diatribe nor a futile workout in anti-American negativism. the writer honors the United States through condemning the betrayal of the nation's best beliefs through such a lot of of these who, hypocritically or naively, invoke these beliefs the main. Bronner sheds new gentle on those that insist on publicly waving the flag whereas privately subverting that for which it stands. Blood within the Sand sounds a clarion demand revitalizing the yankee polity and reshaping international coverage alongside democratic strains. dedicated to a political renewal, Bronner urges the yankee humans to keep in mind what's most sensible approximately their nationwide history and the real beacon of desire it may possibly provide different nations and different cultures.

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Nor was the situation akin to that of Hitler during the 1930s, when the famous policy of “appeasement” was applied. A better historical analogy can be found in the period immediately following World War I. Just as the Treaty of Versailles insisted that Germany admit its “war guilt” and pay enormous reparations, if a war should take place, Iraq will be forced to take responsibility for its own destruction while oil profits are used to compensate the United States. The Treaty of Versailles generated a new nationalism in Germany that undermined the Weimar Republic and fueled the Nazi movement.

This revolting display by the mainstream media brings to mind the vision of a society dominated by what Herbert Marcuse termed “repressive tolerance”—a world in which establishmentarians can point to the rare moment of radical criticism to better enjoy the reign of an overwhelming conformity. The evidence is everywhere. CNN is only a minor player when compared with the combined power of television news shows with huge audiences hosted by mega-celebrities such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Pat Robertson.

But we also knew that if this war were averted, it would be because naive people around the world had risen up in protest. ” Statement of the Delegation of Independent United States Academics to the Iraqi-American Academic Symposium, University of Baghdad, January 14–16, 2003 We are a diverse group of independent academics—faculty, staff, and students—from twenty-eight universities, twenty-one states across the United States, and a range of disciplinary fields—archaeology, astronomy, communications, computer science, conflict resolution, environmental studies, geography, history, law, leadership studies, mathematics, medicine, Middle East studies, nursing, peace studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religious studies, social work, and sociology.

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