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The clash of barbarisms : September 11 and the making of the new world disorder
Achcar, Gilbert.
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Choc des barbaries. English
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New York : Monthly Review Press, [2002]

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128 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: from one September 11th to another -- Narcissistic compassion and global spectacle -- Oil, religion, fanaticism and Frankensteins -- Hatred, barbarisms, asymmetry and anomie -- Conclusion : Leviathan and the presidents.

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The shift in the U.S. global role precipitated by the events of September 11, 2001although the events were unexpectedwas a long time in the making. In this challenging work, Gilbert Achcar analyzes how this shift came about and examines its fateful consequences.

Achcar'sClash of Barbarismstraces the rise of militant and anti-Western Islamic fundamentalism to its roots in U.S. policies aimed at control of the oil reserves of the Middle East, and above all, Saudi Arabiathe "Muslim Texas." Achcar examines the political premises of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda and show how these led to the massive miscalculation of the September 11 attacks, with results both politically counterproductive and morally reprehensible.

The major result of this miscalculation has been to complete a shift from the vision of a world order based on international law and respecting the rights of strong and weak nations alike, announced by George Bush, Sr., in 1991, to the world order being created by the administration of George W. Bush today, in which the United States asserts its own power and pursues its interests without regard for law or rights. In this context, we are living through a "clash of barbarisms" indeed.

This important and timely work is already scheduled for publication in French, English, German, Turkish, and Korean. It draws on first-hand knowledge of the Middle East, but looks beyond immediate events to clarify their geopolitical bases.

Author Notes

Gilbert Achcar lived in Lebanon until moving to France, where he teaches Politics and International Relations at the University of Paris-VIII. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique, the author of several books on contemporary politics

Table of Contents

Introduction: From One September 11th to Anotherp. 7
1. Narcissistic Compassion and Global Spectaclep. 13
2. Oil, Religion, Fanaticism and Frankensteinsp. 26
3. Hatred, Barbarisms, Asymmetry and Anomiep. 57
Conclusion: Leviathan and the Presidentsp. 91
Notesp. 105
Indexp. 124