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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Margolis sheds light on the clash of civilizations

I am currently reading and excellent book by award-winning, syndicated columnist Eric Margolis. The book, American Raj: Liberation or Domination? is entertaining and absorbing—and the fact that I’m also learning a lot from it is a bonus.

Here are a couple of quotes from the dustcover:

American Raj: Liberation or Domination takes the reader behind the conventional headlines and into the thinking and world view of anti-Western Eric S. MargolisIslamic radicals throughout the Muslim world, and identifies the historical, political and religious factors that have played such a huge role in generating Islamic hostility towards the West.

“Employing the model of Britain’s imperialist hegemony in Asia, which culminated in the eighteenth-century Raj, Margolis explores in fascinating detail whether the West—and in particular the United States—risks a repetition of the Raj experience or whether we face an entirely new—and entirely unfamiliar—world order.”

This pretty well sums up the book and says it better than I ever could.

I enjoy reading Mr. Margolis’s columns and essays on his Web site and believe he is one of the most insightful commentators of our times. Apparently, others agree as he appears as a foreign affairs expert on CTV and CBC here in Canada, and I’ve seen him on CNN in the United States. I also see him on The Agenda with Steve Paikin television show from time to time.

Those of us who follow world events seem to be left with more questions than answers these days, so it’s wonderful to pick up a book that helps to explain some of the background to these troubling times. Mr. Margolis has provided just such a book.

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  1. "I enjoy reading Mr. Margolis’s columns and essays on his Web site and believe he is one of the most insightful commentators of our times. Apparently, others agree as he appears as a foreign affairs expert on CTV and CBC here in Canada, and I’ve seen him on CNN in the United States. I also see him on The Agenda with Steve Paikin television show from time to time."

    You are kidding right? This guy still thinks that Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with 911.

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