By Tony Smith
Regardless of the overpowering competition at the left to the warfare in Iraq, many renowned liberals supported the warfare on humanitarian grounds. They argued that the struggle may rid the area of a brutal dictator and free up the Iraqi humans from totalitarian oppression, paving the best way for a democratic transformation of the rustic. In A Pact with the satan Tony Smith deftly lines this indisputable flow in mainstream liberal pondering towards a extra militant posture in international affairs with recognize to human rights and democracy advertising. starting with the Wilsonian quest to ‘make the realm secure for democracy’ correct as much as the current day liberal help for regime switch, Smith isolates top strands of liberal internationalist pondering with a view to see how the ‘liberal hawks’ built them right into a case for American and liberal imperialism within the center East. the result's a mirrored image on a big point of the highbrow historical past of yank international coverage; setting up how a worldly workforce of thinkers got here to style their strategies to Washington and dealing to work out what position liberalism should still play in deliberations within the nation on its position in global occasions now that the failure of those targets in Iraq turns out transparent.
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Accordingly, majority Arab opinion did not oppose democracy so much as it feared American self-aggrandizement. Where Al-Qaeda was supported, only a small minority endorsed its theocratic teachings and its terrorist practices. 12 The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has also polled the Arab world. Its findings tend to corroborate Telhami’s. Arabs for the most part do not have a hostile attitude toward democracy, to the extent they genuinely understand what such a system of politics implies, and they fear extremists in their midst.
Hence the confidence with which the well-known writers Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit could assert: the West is not at war with Islam. Indeed, the fiercest battles will be fought inside the Muslim world, not strictly between religionists and secularists, but between those who favor civil liberties and freedom of thought and those who wish to impose a theocracy…. There is indeed a worldwide clash going on, but the fault lines do not coincide with national, ethnic, or religious boundaries…. The war of ideas is in some respects the same as the one that was fought several generations ago, against various versions of fascism and state socialism.
Our arrival in their lands is an invasion, to be sure, but we are acting in self-defense. And we will help moderate Muslims to act in their self-defense as well. Like us, the forces we favor in the Middle East are moderate, progressive, modern, and like us they are in danger of being attacked by the same forces that hate us, whether they be theocratic or secular in the despotism they are trying to impose. Thus, the Iraq War is not a “clash of civilizations,” a term to be avoided at all costs. indb 29 1/29/07 9:24:14 AM xxx INTRODUCTION obscurantism and despotism.