Beyond Patriotism: From Truman to Obama (1st Edition) by James R. Flynn

By James R. Flynn

Past Patriotism argues that a few thousands of usa citizens became “post-national” those that positioned the great of humanity prior to patriotism or nationwide honour. It discusses the choices that disenchanted them from the Vietnamese battle, to the try and positioned Pol Pot again into strength, to the sanctions opposed to Iraq. instead of lamenting the heyday of patriotism, post-national humans should still congratulate themselves on reaching ethical adulthood. they need to make clear their puzzling over why nationalism is bankrupt, what americans may still do to pacify the area, what they owe to their fatherland, and what they owe to themselves.

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- Kevin Clements, Secretary common foreign Peace learn organization (2008-2010)

"Flynn sees that 'Love of One's Country’ is a deadly factor and argues convincingly for what he calls post-national humanism. it is a booklet that should be learn by means of somebody enthusiastic about making a extra simply and peaceable international within the twenty first century."

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- Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor, Oxford University

"I don't understand of any further measured mirrored image on those harmful concerns, patriotism, nationalism, and their position in an expanding international, than Jim Flynn’s newest paintings. it truly is compelling, the extra so since it is trained by means of a decent account of his personal lifestyles and his personal love of the international locations that experience shaped his identity."

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- Ramesh Thakur, United countries Assistant Secretary-General (1998-2007)

"In this painfully sincere appraisal of the united states function in global affairs, James Flynn employs a post-nationalist lens to argue that involved electorate must never exempt their very own state from severe ethical scrutiny and judgment. the result's an illuminating and interesting research of a few of the main major and contentious modern issues."

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More on Reagan versus Gorbachev later. Events in the Middle East have had little to do with the peculiar psychology of the Cold War. Western sponsored coups have been much like Western sponsored coups of the past. Even the Russian adventure in Afghanistan has Czarist precedents aplenty. US interests in the region are compromised by something entirely new: Israel and US support for Israel. The Twin towers or 9/11 occurred because of Middle Eastern dynamics not American versus Russian dynamics. America’s reaction has deep roots that go back to the foundation of the Republic.

Stimson’s strategy was successful albeit with some help from the Russians: Hiroshima was bombed on August 6; the USSR declared war on Japan on August 8; Nagasaki was bombed on August 9; Japan offered to surrender on August 10. As a postscript, the anti-bomb scientists had made one last effort. A bundle of documents reached General Groves (head of the Manhattan Project) on July 25, the day after Truman had cabled his final decision to drop the bomb. It included: petitions from Chicago’s Met Lab urging prior warning with 88 signatures; a poll of 150 scientists from the Met Lab with alternatives worded so ambiguously that it was unclear whether a majority favored prior warning or not (Compton wrote a covering letter drawing the latter interpretation); a petition urging prior warning from 68 scientists at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

On its face the strategy seems absurd. If Americans were weary of the Korean War, how would they react to the prospect of an endless war on the Chinese mainland? And while Dulles liked to talk of “massive retaliation” (using atom bombs on China), this would not actually install Chiang in power but simply make him the most hated man in Chinese history. However terrible the damage to China, it would be nothing compared to the horror of even America’s closest allies. Presumably, Dulles was counting on the fact that the Chinese leadership might believe that no rational considerations limited what America might do.

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