"M. Marshall" (Palo Alto CA, USA)
In sixteen thought-provoking chapters, the author
discusses, among other topics, a comparison of the
zealous mindsets of Ossama bin Laden and George W.
Bush, the rise of the religious right and its growing
influence in the Republican Party, the international
implications of the "Bush Doctrine" of September,
2002, and the strategic importance of oil.
One of the most enlightening sections in this timely
book is the discussion of the "Just War Theory".
Is George W. Bush's war of aggression against Iraq a
"Just War"? The author emphatically answers No. He
presents a clear case against a war which has so far
caused more than 25,000 deaths, most of them civilian,
including those of more than 1,000 young Americans
sent half way around the world. For what? Nobody seems
to know, since the official rationales for starting
this war have disappeared one after the other, some
being outright lies.
This was not a war of "last resort", since Wolfowitz,
Cheney and Co had been planning the invasion of Iraq
for more than a decade. It would seem now that the war
in Iraq is not being fought with the "right
intentions": Wolfowitz and Cheney have mentioned, on
numerous occasions, that "Iraq's oil" had to be
secured. There was no "just cause" either since Iraq
had no military capabilities to threaten the United
States, or any other country for that matter. This is
a war with no legitimacy, since the United Nations
refused to give its authorisation for such a military
invasion. And, as a result of the indiscriminate
bombings of civilian urban populations, it is an
immoral war, because it has resulted in the killing of
scores of innocent people.
Chapter 16, "Greatness and Decadence of the West",
could perhaps have been the starting point for this
essay, and is well worth a second read. In it, Dr.
Tremblay resumes in a nutshell the essential values of
Western civilisation and the reasons for its success.
Taking us into the future, the author speculates on
the life cycle of this "Democratic Western Empire"
which may soon be split into two competing economic
blocs-the United States and Europe. Eventually, as
China develops and expands, a tri-polar world may
Because of its sharp analysis of U.S. politics
following the shock of Sept.11, this book will hold
the readers interest from beginning to end. Kudos to