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By R. Crockatt

ISBN-10: 0203304497

ISBN-13: 9780203304495

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A reaction to the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, this paintings examines acts of terrorism in modern and ancient contexts, reading the explanations for such violent hatred at the usa and the numerous effect the assaults have had at the nation's self-image and feel of security.Each bankruptcy specializes in a unique point of view from which to view the terrorist assaults including-American international coverage, Anti-Americanism, post-Cold struggle politics and Islamic fundamentalism.

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Isolation or insulation is evidently a matter not simply of attitudes but of experience and remained so even after the narrowing of physical gap between the United States and the rest of the world through air travel and global communications. To take only one measure, until September 11 the United States was effectively insulated, at least by comparison with most other nations, from the worst effects of war, as is apparent from a glance at comparative casualty figures for the most destructive of twentieth century conflicts: the Second World War.

One approach lies in the distinction established by Washington and Jefferson between political and economic contact with other nations. Implicit in their statements is the common assumption of Enlightenment thinkers, notably the economic philosopher Adam Smith, that trade and commerce were inherently peaceful activities while political and diplomatic relations, especially when formalized in alliances, led to war. To the extent that this assumption was sustained through later periods of American history, Americans continued to resist the notion that their overseas economic activity might pose a threat to other nations or might have political implications.

The American political system and press laws encourage more openness than most other Western nations. However, to see the motor of the American productive system as inherently dangerous to the lives and liberties of other nations hardly enters into the consciousness of those who see its benefits in the form of high standards of living and consumption as self-evidently good and of benefit to all. 32 How America sees the world This conclusion leads directly to a further reason why most Americans find it difficult to regard their influence abroad as being anything but benign— namely, that America’s fundamental political, social, and moral values are regarded as being self-evidently true and right.

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