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War by Gwynne Dyer

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC War Our gravest error in the late twentieth century writes Gwynne Dyer is to overestimate our distance and difference from the past We believe that the present round of competition between the great powers is different from all others in history that it is invested with special significance because of its ideological dimension and because of its appalling consequences if it were to lead to war But we are wrong modern technology has changed only the results of war Everything else about it is basically the same

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War: The Lethal Custom, The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq, Climate Wars, Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East, After Iraq: Anarchy and Renewal in the Middle East, Future: Tense: The Coming World Order?, With Every Mistake, Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014, Crawling from the Wreckage, Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq
i The Iraqi state that was formed in the aftermath of the First World War has come to an end Its successor state is struggling to be born in an environment of crises and chaos i br br i i Ali Allawi Iraq s former Minister of Defense br br Allawi is not exaggerating The disastrous American invasion of Iraq that has led to the destruction of the Iraqi state and the subsequent defeat of U S military power has finally destabilized the entire Middle East a region that has been tightly controlled by European and American powers and that has changed little politically in forty years But in losing the war in Iraq the United States has lost the will to maintain the status quo in the Middle East and the forces unleashed by the destruction of Iraq will go on to shape the future of the region in a way that no one can predict br br As Gwynne Dyer argues in i After Iraq i i i the Middle East is about to change fundamentally and everything is now up for grabs regimes ethnic pecking orders within states even national borders themselves are liable to change without notice Five years from now there could be an Islamic Republic of Arabia an independent Kurdistan a Muslim cold war between Sunnis and Shias almost anything you care to imagine br br Written with clarity intelligence and Dyer s trademark dark humor i After Iraq i is essential reading for anyone wanting an informed historical perspective on the future of one of the most important and volatile regions in the world, The foundations of World War III are being laid today br br American defeat in Iraq is only a matter of time but how long it takes matters a lot The fate of Iraq is a sideshow the terrorist threat is a red herring and the radical Islamists dream of a worldwide jihad against the West is a fantasy but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real No matter what the outcome of the election in November the enterprise is likely to continue It is bound to fail eventually but we need it to fail soon br br American military power is not limitless and the other big powers will not stand for US military domination of the world They don t buy the cover story about the terrorist threat but they don t want a fight either They are all on hold for the moment hoping that America will remember its commitment to the United Nations the rule of law and multilateralism If it does not then the drift back into alliances balance of power politics and military confrontations will begin Ten years from now an American led alliance that includes India and occupies much of the Middle East could be facing a European alliance led by France Germany and Russia AND a hostile heavily armed China br br i In Future Tense i Gwynne Dyer s brilliant follow up to last year s bestselling Ignorant Armies he analyzes how the world made its way to the brink of disaster and describes how we may all slide over the edge It was fringe groups of extremists Islamist fanatics and American neo conservatives who set the process in motion but it has gone well beyond that now It is not too late but the clock is running, The First World War was Canada s baptism of fire or at least the only one that people now remember Montrealers in or Torontonians in would have taken a different view From to after a century of peace Canadians were plunged back into the old world of great power rivalries and great wars So was everybody else but Canadians were volunteers We didn t have to fight but we chose to out of loyalty to ideas and institutions that today many of us no longer believe in And we have been doing the same thing ever since although we haven t quite given up on the latest set of ideas and institutions yet br br In i Canada in the Great Power Game i Gwynne Dyer moves back and forth between the seminal event the First World War and all the later conflicts that Canada chose to fight in He draws parallels between these conflicts with the same idealism among the young soldiers and the same deeply conflicted emotions among the survivors surfacing time and again in every war right down to Afghanistan And in each case the same arguments pro and con arise mostly from people who are a long safe way from the killing grounds for every one of those wars of choice br br Echoing throughout the book are the voices of the people who lived through the wars the veterans the politicians the historians the eyewitnesses And Dyer takes a number of so called excursions from his historical account in which he revisits the events and puts them in context pausing to ask such questions as What if we hadn t fought Hitler and Is war written in our genes This entertaining and provocative book casts an unsparing eye over what happens when Canada and the great powers get in the war business illuminating much about how we see ourselves on the world stage, b It took a quarter century of bad strategy including more than a dozen years of Western air attacks and invasions in the Middle East to bring the so called Islamic State into existence Can we somehow manage to avoid the well trodden path of overreacting to the provocations of Islamist extremists b br With the rise of ISIS a new style of terrorism that publicly gloats over acts of extreme cruelty has reawakened the fears of the global audience But in i Don t Panic i Gwynne Dyer argues that the advent of Islamic State and its clones does not substantially raise the risk of major terrorist attacks in Western countries It does however pose a grave threat to the Arab countries of the Middle East br br In i Don t Panic i Dyer first explains why the Middle East has become the global capital of terrorism He then examines how terrorist organisations in the Arab world have evolved over time with particular emphasis on the events of the past fifteen years and the current situation in Syria and Iraq And in the end Dyer departs from his long standing position that foreign interventions always make matters worse to argue that a little military intervention of the right kind may avert a genocide in Syria br br When my information changes I alter my conclusions said John Maynard Keynes What do you do sir