War With No End Paperback – Oct 17 2007
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About the Author
Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G, Hold Everything Dear, the Man Booker–longlisted From A to X, and A Seventh Man.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, fellow at the Nation Institute and author of The Shock Doctrine.
Arundhati Roy’s books include, most recently, Listening to Grasshoppers.
Joe Sacco lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of many acclaimed graphic novels, including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, But I Like It, Notes from a Defeatist, The Fixer, War’s End, and Footnotes in Gaza.
Lindsey German is a socialist writer and activist who has lived in London all her life. She is convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, stood as candidate for Mayor of London and has written books on women’s liberation, class, and war.
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In her excellent contribution, Arundhati Roy claims that capitalism undermines not national sovereignty, but democracy: in fact it undermines both. She rightly links the `war on terror' to the economic system that drives it, and points out that capitalism's international bodies, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation are all undemocratic, anti-national and secretive.
The best-researched piece is by Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. She calls our current system `disaster capitalism'. She observes that after 9/11, Israel increased its military spending by 10%, financed by social services cuts. This increase funded 350 new hi-tec firms specialising in security, surveillance and weapons: one firm is revealingly called `Instinctive Shooting International'. Israel now holds six counter-terrorism conferences a year, and Forbes Magazine calls it `the go-to country for anti-terrorism technologies'.
Similarly, in the USA the Spade Defense Index, for defence, security and aerospace stocks, has risen by 15% every year since 9/11. Firms profit from the destruction caused by the wars that their states begin, then they profit again from contracts for rebuilding, then profit again by not actually rebuilding anything. Klein has rediscovered Lenin's insight that "war is terrible - and terribly profitable."
Power, free markets, democracy
For A. Roy, power is the crucial political, economic and social factor in human affairs.
Private corporations use their power through the Free Market doctrine to undermine democracy: `Today Corporate Globalization needs an international Confederation of corrupt and authoritarian governments in poor countries. It needs a press that only pretends to be free. It needs courts that pretend to dispense justice. It needs nuclear bombs, standing armies, sterner immigration laws to make sure that it is only money, goods, patents and services that are globalized.'
N. Klein lambastes the war and disaster profiteers.
War on Terror
For J. LeBlanc and P. Bennis, the War on Terror is a smokescreen for US military aggression in order to gain full spectrum world dominance. The weapons of mass destruction are in the US, not elsewhere.
For T. Nguyen, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni goes after colleges and universities which are described as working against the interests of Western civilization because they are weak in the War on Terror.
War in Iraq
H. Zangara unveils the resistance of the majority of the Iraqi people against the US occupation and its puppet regime. They see control of Iraqi oil as the only reason for this occupation. She draws our attention to the systematic (!) murder of academics, journalists and clerics, the gagging of the media and the lack of freedom of speech in Iraq. But the Iraqi people, of whom 650,000 died (the equivalent of 7 million US citizens), continues to resist through the cultural sector.
L. German remembers the fact that the war created 4 million Iraqi refugees.
The `September 11th Families' stress rightly that the brutality of Saddam Hussein's regime does not justify the brutality, death and destruction visited upon Iraq and its citizens.
The Palestine question
For A. Soueif, as long as `ordinary citizens are not allowed to live their daily life in a human way, the influence of the world's only superpower will be proved to be irredeemably malign.'
This book with its sometimes belligerent attacks on current international policies, is a must read for all those interested in the world we live in.
This book will help you understand how the war against Afghanistan and Iraq affected the whole world and why it will not stop soon! My favorite article is Ms. Klein's "Building a booming economy based on war with no end ". Also, please approach this work with an open mind; if we don't try to understand, we will never move away from the status quo!
Try to understand based on facts how Israel's economy bloomed after 9/11, and how Israel became the go-to country for anti-terrorism technology. Learn how Israeli firms have turned the global obsession with security into booming subsector of the economy! Please try to understand why "freedom of speech, like democracy, was strangled at birth" in Iraq! And maybe you will figure out why most Iraqis approve of attacks on US-led forces!
Your illusions may fade as quickly as a shooting star after reading this book. Good luck facing the truth!
(I know that is supposedly not what the Muslim faith stands for but it is what it is, it is what the fundamentalists are fighting for and it is what moderate muslims, sadly, have given up resisting.)
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