By Stephen Eric Bronner
Following the assaults of September eleven, 2001, clouds of ash blackened the skies over long island urban, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. within the wake of the destruction, the us likely entered a brand new period marked via radical alterations within the nation's discourse and within the guidelines of the Bush management. With the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, and saber damn in other places, America's worldwide conflict on terror started to take form. Lofty rhetoric approximately increasing democracy and protecting freedom crammed the halls of elite energy and ruled mainstream media insurance of yankee politics. Blood within the Sand deals either an incisive research and a confrontational critique of America's fresh overseas targets and its dominant political tradition. Stephen Eric Bronner demanding situations the idea that every thing replaced within the aftermath of Sep 11. He exhibits in its place how a felony act served to legitimize political manipulation and invigorate conventional nationalistic enthusiasms for militarism and imperial growth. making use of his personal studies within the center East, Bronner recognizes -- yet refuses to overstate -- fresh innovative advancements within the quarter. He criticizes the neo-conservative penchant for unilateral army aggression and debunks the doubtful suggestion of fostering democracy at gunpoint. whereas Bronner analyzes authoritarian repression, human rights violations, shrinking civil liberties, and critical socioeconomic inequalities, Blood within the Sand is neither a slim political diatribe nor a futile workout in anti-American negativism. the writer honors the US by means of condemning the betrayal of the nation's most interesting beliefs via 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 strains. dedicated to a political renewal, Bronner urges the yankee humans to bear in mind what's most sensible approximately their nationwide history and the true beacon of desire it may well provide different international locations and different cultures.
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