Parables of Permanent War

Parables of Permanent War : Chronicles of Force and Folly since 9/11

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Parables of Permanent War is a political, and, inescapably, moral chronicle of U.S. responses to the 9/11 attacks, and the grave consequences at home and abroad. There is, or ought to be, no such thing as a 'permanent war,' but U.S. elites are determined to pursue one. Parables of Permanent War arranges essays around a number of parables, indicating the deeper dysfunctions and delusions that drive the ongoing "permanent war."
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  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 725.74g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739149180
  • 9780739149188

Table of contents


Part 1: America: Inside & Out
1. Prologue to a Parable
2. The Blessings-of-Civilization Trust Vs. Bin-Laden
3. A Fairy Tale of the Clash of Civilizations
4. The Vietnam Syndrome as Myth
5. A Parable about Realpolitik
6. A Parable about Anti-Americanism
7. Realist Tall Tales
8. Electoral Democracy as Electronic Fable
9. Loaded Dice: A Fairy Tale of New Orleans
10. Dubya's Fellow Travelers
11. Green Zone Follies
12. Misunderestimating George W. Bush
13. Cleaning Up After the Great Bush Bash
14. What's the Matter with America?

Part 2: Britain: Inside & Out
15. A Parable from the British Streets
16. The Hutton Report versus Planet Earth
17. Walter Mitty meets Realpolitik
18. The London Bombs
19. Experiencing Islam, British Style
20. What Happened to Gordon Brown?
21. An IRA Fantasy

Part 3: South Asia in The Middle of a Muddle
22. Backgrounders: Pakistan and India since Partition
23. A Mohajir's Tale
24. The Myth of Shining India
25. No Fairy Tales for Pakistan
26. Housing the Poor without a Magic Wand
27. Supreme Court Tales: Rough Justice in Pakistan
28. Replaying the Partition Game
29. Swat is Burning
30. Pakistan's Pathetic Political Culture
31. On Pakistan Bashing
32. Who's Afraid of the ISI?

Part 4: The Middle East Inside Out
33. Sifting Fairy Tales in Iraq
34. A Tale of The `Israel Lobby'
35. Gullibility Fatigue?
36. The Israeli Fairy Tale Factory
37. A New Fairy Tale of Afghanistan
38. A Yellowcake Parable
39. A Meditation on Haditha
40. Clueless in Gaza
41. Saddam's Revenge
42. America's Iranian Mirage

Part 5: Spell-Breakers
43. Fairy Tales of Terror and Liberalism
44. Greene's Parable of The Quiet American
45. At the Heretics Ball
46. Spooks, Hacks and Scholars
47. Hearts and Minds Fantasies
48. Zinn Breaks the Spell
49. Pacification Woes
50. Why the West should Withdraw from Afghanistan
51. Anthropology Meets Counterinsurgency
52. Paintballing Politics
53. Obama's Bubble
54. Wikileaks and Elites
55. Osama Down So Why is The US not Out?

Conclusion: Milgram's Moral
About the Authors
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The authors cast sharp eyes on the unfolding folly of Bush's and Blair's cynical and counter-productive responses to 9/11. Jacobsen and Khan offer a terrifically enjoyable chronicle that delves into all the tough issues roused by yet another costly war of aggression. -- Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers This mordant collection of essays pulls no punches in its passionate concern to understand the world in which we find ourselves more than a decade after the end of the Cold War. Khan and Jacobsen bring a deep knowledge of world politics and history to their analysis and an awareness of the interplay of different levels and modes of power. They understand the subtle and not so subtle ways in which the power of the state can be bent to the interests of dominant social groups. But they also believe in the power of reason and argument to demystify these processes and to give the reader some hope for the future. -- David Taylor, University of London This book is a hard-hitting critique of U.S. policy post 9/11 by two authors with an enviable command of both American power politics and Asian realities. Jacobsen and Khan are an unusual duo, whose collaboration has produced valuable new insights into the impact of U.S. and British foreign policy on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the wider Asian region. -- David Page, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London University Anybody trying to understand or study the psychological state of America and international reactions after the 9/11 incidents would find it very informative and critical of the USA's attempt to create a monopoly of influence and control. -H. A. Halim, West Bengal Legislative Assemble and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
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About Kurt Jacobsen

Kurt Jacobsen is research associate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Sayeed Hasan Khan is a journalist, activist, and co-author of No Clean Hands.
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