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By Stephen Eric Bronner

Following the assaults of September eleven, 2001, clouds of ash blackened the skies over manhattan urban, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. within the wake of the destruction, the us doubtless entered a brand new period marked by means of radical alterations within the nation's discourse and within the regulations of the Bush management. With the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and saber damn somewhere else, America's international warfare on terror started to take form. Lofty rhetoric approximately increasing democracy and protecting freedom stuffed the halls of elite energy and ruled mainstream media assurance of yankee politics. Blood within the Sand deals either an incisive research and a confrontational critique of America's fresh foreign objectives and its dominant political tradition. Stephen Eric Bronner demanding situations the concept that every little thing replaced within the aftermath of 9-11. He exhibits in its place how a legal act served to legitimize political manipulation and invigorate conventional nationalistic enthusiasms for militarism and imperial enlargement. using his personal reviews within the heart East, Bronner recognizes -- yet refuses to overstate -- contemporary revolutionary advancements within the area. He criticizes the neo-conservative penchant for unilateral army aggression and debunks the doubtful inspiration of fostering democracy at gunpoint. whereas Bronner analyzes authoritarian repression, human rights violations, shrinking civil liberties, and serious socioeconomic inequalities, Blood within the Sand is neither a slender political diatribe nor a futile workout in anti-American negativism. the writer honors the USA by means of condemning the betrayal of the nation's best beliefs by means of 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 yank polity and reshaping overseas coverage alongside democratic traces. devoted to a political renewal, Bronner urges the yankee humans to bear in mind what's most sensible approximately their nationwide background and the true beacon of desire it could supply different nations and different cultures.

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By the time the second intifada began in September 2000, Palestinians were facing an Israeli nation that had become the seventh largest military machine in the world, a major arms dealer to previously colonized countries, and the beneficiary of $4 billion per year in foreign aid from the United States. Fifteen thousand people were arrested or sent into exile, had their houses destroyed, or were hurt or killed during and after the first intifada. Committed activists were replaced by inexperienced youths, armed gangs arose, the lure of fundamentalism grew, Palestinian civil society was virtually destroyed, and conditions in the community degenerated.

Then, in 1967, Israel attacked an allied force of Arab armies—from Egypt, Syria, and Jordan— 61 BLOOD IN THE SAND massing on its borders. The Six-Day War culminated in a humiliating defeat for the Arab world and the capture of the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. It was in response to these events that the Security Council of the United Nations passed the famous Resolution 242, which demanded Israeli withdrawal from the conquered territories. Here began the shift in American policy: Israel now appeared to be the dominant force in the region and a bulkhead against the Soviet Union, with whose interests the Arab world became identified in the eyes of the United States.

We are told that the problem 49 BLOOD IN THE SAND derived from faulty intelligence by subordinates rather than purposeful lying by those in authority. CIA officials, however, have openly stated that they were pressured to make their research results support governmental policy. Secretary of State Colin Powell has still not substantiated claims concerning the existence of weapons of mass destruction that he made in his famous speech to the United Nations. Doing so would be difficult. The chief American inspector for Iraq, Charles A.

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