"The new millennium quickly produced two terrible new crimes, added to the gloomy record of persisting ones. The first was the terrorist attacks of September 11; the second, the response to them." - Noam Chomsky
"There really is a feeling being manufactured by the media and the government that a collective 'we' exists and that 'we' all act and feel together [...] and the use of the collective 'we' by journalists [...] 'we' bombed, 'we' said, 'we' decided, 'we' acted [...] So American unity is being projected with such force so to allow very little questioning of U.S. policy" - Edward Said
NO 'TERRORIST' GENE IS EITHER KNOWN OR LIKELY TO EXIST. What then drives people to maim, kill and destroy? What drives them to such desperation and rage that they would kill themselves and others? Tragically, CNN and the U.S. media have so far made little attempt to understand this state of mind. They seem afraid to understand the roots of terrorism lest they arrive at the obvious: the cruelty of the powerful begets hopelessness, and hopelessness leads to desperation that ultimately ends in violence and death.
Shattered Illusions is unashamedly a voice of dissent which brings together in one comprehensive volume, essays from intellectuals, human right activists, lawyers, journalists, and academics whose insights and perspectives provide both an intellectual and humane criticism of the Bush administration's current war policy. It not only challenges the framing of the war as a struggle between good and evil, but also critically assesses President George W. Bush's explanation for anti-U.S. sentiments.
Shattered Illusions examines U.S. policies and actions in the Middle East, a focus of its 'war on terror'. But is 'terrorism' what really lies at the heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, as the Sharon government contends? And what is driving the U.S. toward war with Iraq? Shattered Illusions explores the histories and implications of these conflicts for the United States and the peoples of the region.
Contributors include: Noam Chomsky, Norman Solomon, Shepherd Bliss, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rahul Mahajan, As`ad AbuKhalil, Marc W. Herold, Larry Everest, Soumayya Ghanoushi, Francis A. Boyle, Khaled Abou El Fadl, Stephen R. Shalom, William Blum, Robert Jensen, Susan Abulhawa, John Chuckman, Aftab Ahmad Malik, Gabriel Ash, Beau Grosscup, Firas al-Atraqchi, Frida Berrigan, Geov Parrish, Jeff Sommers, Moonis Ahmar, M. Shahid Alam, Neil Lowrie, Phillip Cryan and Stephen Zunes.
INTRODUCTION Khaled Abou El Fadl and John L. Esposito
AMERICA'S WAR ON TERRORISM
SAYING GOODBYE TO PATRIOTISM - Robert Jensen AMERICA ON THE WARPATH: A Nation¹s Soul at Risk - Shepherd Bliss 9/11: Some Reflections - William Blum THE U.S. WAR ON TERRORISM: Exploding the Myths - Rahul Mahajan DEFINING TERRORISM - Phillip Cryan The BUSH WAR ON TERRORISM: Beyond the rhetoric - Beau Grosscup NEW PARADIGMS OF GLOBAL ORDER - Moonis Ahmar BILLIONS FOR ILLUSIONS: The Bush Military Budget - Frida Berrigan THE COMING CRISIS OF AMERICAN IMPERIALISM - Gabriel Ash PREPARING FOR WAR: The Post 9/11 Campaign Against Iraq - Larry Everest 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST - Stephen Zunes THE UNITED STATES AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Why Do 'They' Hate US? - Stephen R. Shalom THE MIDDLE EAST AND BLOWBACK AGAINST THE U.S - Jeff Sommers
THE SILENT GENOCIDE - Noam Chomsky 'Collateral Damage'?: Civilians and the U.S Air War in Afghanistan - Marc W. Herold ISRAEL'S WAR ON TERRORISM TERMININOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT - Neil Lowrie OF ANTI-SEMITES AND ANTI-TERMITES - Firas Al-Atraqchi OF WAR, ISLAM AND ISRAEL - John Chuckman WOUNDING THE WOUNDED - Aftab Ahmad Malik EYEWITNESS DISPATCHES: A Sickening, Bloodcurdling Horror - Geov Parrish U.S. AID TO ISRAEL: Tax Dollars Soaked In Blood - Susan Abulhawa PALESTINIANS ARE BLURRY IN THE EDITORIAL FRAME - Norman Solomon BARAK APPOINTS WAR CRIMMINAL YARON - Francis A. Boyle
9/11: A 'clash of civilizations?' Islam and the West
SHATTERING ILLUSIONS: Orientalism, Alive and Well - As'ad AbuKhalil THE ORIGINS OF EXTREMISM: Theology or Reality? - Soumaya Ghanoushi ISLAM AND THE QUESTION OF VIOLENCE - Seyyed Hossein Nasr ISLAM AND THE THEOLOGY OF POWER - Khaled Abou El Fadl ARE CIVILIZATIONS AT WAR? - M. Shahid Alam
LETTER FROM UNITED STATES CITIZENS TO FRIENDS IN EUROPE
APPENDIX I: THE IMPACT OF THE SANCTIONS ON THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ APPENDIX II: A CALL TO ACTION ON SANCTIONS AND THE U.S. WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ APPENDIX III: Caves, War, and People Shepherd Bliss