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Our Brave New World: Essays On The Impact Of September 11

by Wladyslaw Pleszcynski

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The military side of the war on terrorism, says Adam Garfinkle, is a necessary but not sufficient aspect of the solution. Weapons of mass destruction are activated by ideas of mass destruction, and these ideas arise from complex historical and social factors. A Practical Guide to Winning the War on Terrorism offers concrete steps for undermining the very notion that terrorism is a legitimate method of political struggle—and for changing the conditions that lead people to embrace it. Adam Garfinkle and his expert contributors—all intimately familiar with Middle Eastern social settings and political cultures—examine the diplomatic, educational, and religious aspects of the problem. They show how we can—and must—stigmatize the idea of murdering civilians for any political cause, identify and stop the flow of money and other resources to those who carry out terrorism, refute the distortions of U.S. motivations that are promulgated by Islamic propagandists, and work patiently at social, economic, and political reform in Muslim countries.

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Every American remembers exactly how it unfolded and where they were and what they were doing on that terrible morning of September 11th. And like any other unprecedented historic jolt, September 11 continues to roil our collective mind. We still ponder the questions it raised: What changed that day? What remains of the old? What is truly new?

The essays in this collection examine these and other questions, taking a sometimes sobering, sometimes uplifting look at a historic turning point in our lives. The contributors examine the challenges and dangers of our new foreign policy and the sense that we have only seen the opening stage of a long-term realignment. They also examine our domestic politics, revealing that, with the exception of national security matters, partisan considerations remain as strong as before. A look at the Islamic world after 9/11 shows how, as never before, it is understood that American assertiveness is the main deterrent against Islamist terror and a stabilizing force in an unsteady cultural sphere.

Two essays seize the opportunity September 11 has opened to reflect in the most profound sense on what it is we are fighting for—and why we are fighting despite having lost our ability to speak the language of honor. A series of memorable vignettes describes Hollywood’s clueless response to September 11 and reveals how the stark reality of America attacked has shaken popular culture to its foundation. The collection concludes with an inspiring report on the response of Mayor Rudolf Giuliani and the people of New York—once again reminding us where America’s real strengths lie.

Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, former executive editor of the American Spectator, is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and editor of TheAmericanProwler.org.

Contributors: Anne Applebaum, James Bowman, John Corry, Roger Kimball, Daniel Pipes, Wladyslaw Pleszczynski, John Podhoretz, Byron York



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