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Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order Paperback – 10 Oct 2009
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F. William Engdahl is author of the international best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order. He is a widely discussed analyst of current political and economic developments whose articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and well-known international websites. His book, 'Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda Behind Genetic Manipulation,' deals with agribusiness and the attempt to control world food supply and thereby populations. He may be reached at his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net
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This was why I bought this book to see if I could be enlightened. This was my second attempt to read it and yet I was only half way through when I decided to abort it. Why?
It doesn't take long to get the central theme of the book what it tries to argue. The central premise of this book is that it is America's ultimate goal to maintain its hegemony, with Washington's vision of a 'unipolar' world, with one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making, calling it a 'world in which there is one master, one sovereign. If you doubt that, then the whole book falls apart.
This book is very biased, very anti-America and pro-Russia. There may be some truth in it but I can't believe it is the whole truth. At best it is a small fraction of the truth and a highly selected one. There are a lot of citations from documents and reports to support his arguments. It points out events in different spots of the world, and argues that the US was behind all of them with its evil intention. I believe they are assertions rather than analyses. I am wary of books that tell you what to think rather than guide you to think for yourself. It's a subtle difference, I admit. But this book definitely tells you what to think without presenting any alternative views or arguments for consideration.
The world that it paints is one of tyranny under the US, with all the NGOs, and other international organisations as arms to do the US dirty deeds around the world. In the new world, there are non-violent means to gain control and to trigger regime change that will favour the US in geopolitics. US hegemony is unchallenged except by two potential rivals - Russia and China. This is why the US embarks on a policy to encircle Russia, triggering her response. To the China, the US is applying the soft weapons of 'democracy' and 'human rights'.
It argues the conspiracy is that the US channels funding through NGOs to support and train activists where it deems strategically worthwhile - for example, in Burma, in Darfur, and it is also suggested in China ...
How much do I believe that? It is not that I don't believe the 'evidence' cited, (the reference list is colossal), but that I think there is a selective bias in the what have been cited to present one view with a lot being omitted. A bias representation means that you don't feel like you are getting a full picture to judge properly. As such it reads like propaganda to force one view upon you.
Back to the movement in HK, one question that I ask is whether it is a movement on spontaneity or the mass public has been so gullible to be manipulated into action unwittingly for someone else's agenda. This book would have wanted me to believe it's the latter. But knowing a bit more at the ground level in HK, I don't think an external force alone can spark off something like this and to such an extent. There have been real social and economic issues in HK that have been brewing for years, and yet the people have no voice in the government. The frustration boils over to the street. Besides, the increasing interference from the Chinese government has seen the core values of Hong Kong under attack, threatening their future.
These local details of why a movement takes place in a certain country of course are not covered nor mentioned. Everything is explained under two words, oil and raw materials. Is that a bit simplistic?
The arguments in this book have been used in HK to to brand the leaders of protesers as the 'dogs of the West'. If you believe what you read in this book, this is a natural conclusion you would draw. It has been used by the Chinese Government to justify their action to cramp down the protesters too and appeal to people's patriotism. Therefore protesters are called 'traitors'. However, I don't think this is a fair representation of what is happening in HK. It has been unhelpful with the dialogue as it dismisses the genuine concerns of the people. That means I cast doubt in what this book is propagating. The fact that this book is published in the US shows that at least it stays true to its free speech - which should be admired!
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In a perfect world, this would be the subject material of the mainstream media, not the disinformation propoganda that we get from them. The world is becoming excedingly dangerous because of the neocon agenda of divide and conquer that will eventually lead to WWIII.
It will help you see through the propaganda you hear.
William Engdhal's book is a synthesis of articles which he has posted on the Global Research website.
Endghal successfully breaks down US geostrategy into managable parts. So we have China scrambling for control of resources in Africa, Russia forming economic Ties with the European Union etc. In Response, terrorism & humanitarian intervention have been used as a pretext for US military intervention in order to place a wedge between alliances which could challenge US hegemon status.
Any means justifies the ends. So we see US foreign policy propping up criminal syndicates in Kosovo & Afghanistan. Proxy wars in Africa and the formation of a Unified Combat command AFRICOM which serves as a device to control China striking deals with African countries for minerals/oil. The "Color Revolutions" which were influenced by front groups such as the National Endowment for Democracy which were controlled by the State Dept/US Gov't/ Wall Street interests..The elections placed US controlled gov't at the doorstep of Russia's borders & extended NATO's reach to control Russian/Eurpoean politics and economic integration.
An interesting read! I highly recommend this book