By Michael Northcott
This passionately argued booklet presents the 1st in-depth research of the non secular politics of present American neo-conservatism. It indicates that in the back of the neo-imperialism of the White condo and George W. Bush lies an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the United States's sacred future "at the tip of history", a imaginative and prescient that's shared by means of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens. The authors hint the roots of yankee apocalyptic to Puritan Millennialism and modern fundamentalist readings of the ebook of Revelation. They recommend that americans urgently have to get better a critique of Empire of the type espoused by means of the founding father of Christianity - in any other case threat changing into idolaters of a brand new Holy Roman Empire that leads others into servitude.
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Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no domination. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we freely make. 31 Clergy and hymn writers took up Wilson’s enthusiasm in a renewed sacralisation of American foreign policy. 33 After the ‘Armageddon’ of the Great War, America was, according to Wilson, a ‘great nation, marching at the fore of a great procession’ whose goal was ‘those heights upon which there rests nothing but the pure light of the justice of God’.
The invasion of the American Embassy in Tehran, and the kidnapping of its occupants for more than a year, saw relations between the United States and the new Iran take a dramatic down-turn from which they have never recovered. 46 Hussein was supported, like the Shah before him, because he was seen as ‘America’s man’, a pro-Western dictator who would ensure a continuing flow of oil to America. He was ideologically both anti-communist and anti-Islamist and so suited American designs for the Middle East very well.
And as Rashid observes, ‘the Saudi export of Wahabbism has now boomeranged back home and is increasingly undermining the authority of the Royal Family. 54 This internal alienation between royal autocrats and Islamists was a key element in the prehistory of Saudi involvement in the attack on America. The other key element was a growing alienation between bin Laden and his former Saudi and American backers. After the eviction of the Soviets from Afghanistan, bin Laden returned to a hero’s welcome in Saudi Arabia.
An Angel Directs The Storm: Apocalyptic Religion And American Empire by Michael Northcott