Saturday, June 05, 2004

Another Century Of War?

An excellent book by Gabriel Kolko about how US
foreign policy has been developed in an ad hoc fashion
over the past 50 years, and has now led to our current
dilemmas.

Published in 2002, before the invasion of Iraq, one of
the book's major themes is that wars may be won, but
the political outcomes are always failures. And a
million miles away from a war's original intentions.

'We can never forget,' he writes, 'that the two men
whom the United States has most demonised over the
past two decades, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden,
both collaborated for years with it; Washington
believed their causes were identical and put vast sums
at their disposal.'

Also:

'Communism and fascism were products of grave errors
in the international order and affairs of states that
the First World War created........'

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