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By R. Crockatt

ISBN-10: 0415283418

ISBN-13: 9780415283410

A reaction to the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, this paintings examines acts of terrorism in modern and historic contexts, interpreting the explanations for such violent hatred at the usa and the numerous influence the assaults have had at the nation's self-image and feel of security.Each bankruptcy makes a speciality of a special point of view from which to view the terrorist assaults including-American overseas coverage, Anti-Americanism, post-Cold warfare politics and Islamic fundamentalism.

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It is easy to see how an encounter between such a stance and similarly universal claims by nations or cultures that hold to different principles could develop into confrontation. It did so with communism; the potential is there with Islam. 60 This issue will be taken up later. For the moment, it is important to stress the process by which a set of principles originally devised to bolster separation and a sense of difference can be transformed, under different conditions, into powerful tools of expansion or even exploitation.

18 It may be wondered whether the term isolationism has any utility left, particularly in the light of America’s apparently comprehensive burial of the Founding Fathers’ injunction against entering “entangling alliances” with the formation of NATO in 1949, to be followed by further treaties on the NATO How America sees the world 15 model, including the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). Arguably it has, not least because the term and the attitudes associated with it refuse to die.

22 This brings us back to the apparent contradiction noted by Louis Hartz in the quotation that heads this chapter: America has been at once the most insular and involved of nations. Isolation or insulation is evidently a matter not simply of attitudes but of experience and remained so even after the narrowing of physical gap between the United States and the rest of the world through air travel and global communications. To take only one measure, until September 11 the United States was effectively insulated, at least by comparison with most other nations, from the worst effects of war, as is apparent from a glance at comparative casualty figures for the most destructive of twentieth century conflicts: the Second World War.

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