By Kurt Eichenwald
Kurt Eichenwald—New York instances bestselling writer of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant— recounts the 1st 500 days after Sept. 11 in a finished, compelling page-turner as gripping as any thriller.
In 500 Days, master chronicler Kurt Eichenwald lays naked the harrowing judgements, deceptions, and delusions of the eighteen months that modified the realm without end, as leaders raced to guard their voters within the wake of Sep 11.
Eichenwald’s gripping, fast type and trueto- existence discussion places readers on the center of those ancient occasions, from the Oval workplace to quantity 10 Downing highway, from Guantanamo Bay to the depths of CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda education camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He finds formerly undisclosed info from the fear wars, together with by no means prior to pronounced information about warrantless wiretapping, the anthrax assaults and investigations, and conflicts among Washington and London.
With his signature fast paced narrative sort, Eichenwald— whose booklet, The Informant, was once referred to as “one of the easiest nonfiction books of the decade” by way of The manhattan instances publication Review—exposes an international of secrets and techniques and lies that has remained hidden for much too lengthy.
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But nothing proves that this “bifurcation of nature,” as A. N. Whitehead calls this catastrophic solution, is the final state of history. A complete metamorphosis is now required of the former modernizers: let them look again, right in the face of this Gorgon they had tried to hide from. However strange it might seem at first sight, the modernists, the Westerners, the Whites (whatever nickname one might wish to give them) will have to act as if they are once again making contact with the others for the first time, as if history has given them an incredible second chance and they were back in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, or twentieth centuries and are allowed, in the twenty-first, to 32 introduce themselves properly, they who had introduced themselves so badly in previous centuries through the most ruthless imperialism.
The discourse of fabrication, invention and deception has, until now, mostly been used for critical denunciation. Why not use it positively, and re-formulate, in the company of the others, the question of the right ways of constructing good divinities? Would we not have here, instead of a hypothetical “interreligious dialogue,” a more fruitful and even technical exchange of procedures? The all powerful already existing absolute God sends his devout to holy war, but what about the relative God which might be unified in the slowly constructed future?
Again, dialogue is not the issue, and neither is tolerance, guilt, nor pardon. What is at stake here is war, negotiation, diplomacy and the construction of peace. To castigate oneself, to carry on one’s shoulders the white man’s crushing burden is nothing other than continuing to always define by one’s self and in the name of all, without the others having delegated anything, the impossible task of defining the common world. Just as no one had asked the modernists to take themselves for universal pacifiers, no one asks them today to take themselves for universal culprits.
500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald