Useful Enemies

There are many kinds of violence that can help to preserve a useful language of crisis and a convenient image of 'war'. Perhaps, if we could move beyond a collective obsession with defeating one demon enemy or another, we could then ...

Author: David Keen

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300183719

Category: Political Science

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Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources. He asks who benefits from wars-- whether economically, politically, or psychologically-- and argues that in order to bring them successfully to an end we need to understand the complex vested interests on all sides.

Useful Enemies

With Soviet kidnappings and assassinations routine, and Lebed's Ukrainian enemies still hunting for him, “Roman Turan” was no longer safe in Europe. Wisner and the CIA smuggled Lebed and his wife and daughter into the United States in ...

Author: Richard Rashke

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781480401594

Category: History

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How the United States protected John Demjanjuk: “A richly researched, gripping narrative about war, suffering, survival, corruption, injustice and morality” (Kirkus Reviews, starred). John “Iwan” Demjanjuk was at the center of one of history’s most complex war crimes trials. But why did it take almost sixty years for the United States to bring him to justice as a Nazi collaborator? The answer lies in the annals of the Cold War, when fear and paranoia drove American politicians and the U.S. military to recruit “useful” Nazi war criminals to work for the United States in Europe as spies and saboteurs and to slip them into America through loopholes in U.S. immigration policy. During and after the war, that same immigration policy was used to prevent thousands of Jewish refugees from reaching the shores of America. The long and twisted saga of John Demjanjuk, a postwar immigrant and auto mechanic living a quiet life in Cleveland until 1977, is the final piece in the puzzle of American government deceit. The White House, the Departments of War and State, the FBI, and the CIA supported policies that harbored Nazi war criminals and actively worked to hide and shelter them from those who dared to investigate and deport them. The heroes in this story are men and women such as Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and Justice Department prosecutor Eli Rosenbaum, who worked for decades to hold hearings, find and investigate alleged Nazi war criminals, and successfully prosecute them for visa fraud. But it was not until the conviction of John Demjanjuk in Munich in 2011 as an SS camp guard serving at the Sobibor death camp that this story of deceit can be told for what it is: a shameful chapter in American history. Riveting and deeply researched, Useful Enemies is the account of one man’s criminal past and its devastating consequences, and the story of how America sacrificed its moral authority in the wake of history’s darkest moment.

Useful Enemies

For a writer such as Voltaire, Islam provided a critically useful counterpart to Christianity. It was a parallel religion, a familiar enemy, traditionally and easily denigrated; but some of the criticisms levelled against it were such ...

Author: Noel Malcolm

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192565808

Category: History

Page: 496

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From the fall of Constantinople in 1453 until the eighteenth century, many Western European writers viewed the Ottoman Empire with almost obsessive interest. Typically they reacted to it with fear and distrust; and such feelings were reinforced by the deep hostility of Western Christendom towards Islam. Yet there was also much curiosity about the social and political system on which the huge power of the sultans was based. In the sixteenth century, especially, when Ottoman territorial expansion was rapid and Ottoman institutions seemed particularly robust, there was even open admiration. In this path-breaking book Noel Malcolm ranges through these vital centuries of East-West interaction, studying all the ways in which thinkers in the West interpreted the Ottoman Empire as a political phenomenon - and Islam as a political religion. Useful Enemies shows how the concept of 'oriental despotism' began as an attempt to turn the tables on a very positive analysis of Ottoman state power, and how, as it developed, it interacted with Western debates about monarchy and government. Noel Malcolm also shows how a negative portrayal of Islam as a religion devised for political purposes was assimilated by radical writers, who extended the criticism to all religions, including Christianity itself. Examining the works of many famous thinkers (including Machiavelli, Bodin, and Montesquieu) and many less well-known ones, Useful Enemies illuminates the long-term development of Western ideas about the Ottomans, and about Islam. Noel Malcolm shows how these ideas became intertwined with internal Western debates about power, religion, society, and war. Discussions of Islam and the Ottoman Empire were thus bound up with mainstream thinking in the West on a wide range of important topics. These Eastern enemies were not just there to be denounced. They were there to be made use of, in arguments which contributed significantly to the development of Western political thought.

Game Informer Magazine

The units in this tower-defense title are versatile and useful, enemies are diverse and deadly, and there are enough power-ups and options to keep things fresh. Best of all, levels don't seem to have a preset way to beat them, ...

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ISBN: PSU:000059764205

Category: Computer games

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Bollettino del Laboratorio di entomologia agraria Filippo Silvestri Portici

For the utilization of this great natural power the pest management new schemes were accounted to keep and use the useful action of native populations of natural enemies (Shutova, 1978; Yasnosh et. al., 1986).

Author: Università di Napoli. Facoltà di scienze agrarie, Portici. Laboratorio di entomologia agraria "Filippo Silvestri".

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ISBN: CORNELL:31924052096165

Category: Entomology

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Wild Bird Guests how to Entertain Them

... Suggestions for Dealing with Their Enemies, and on the Organization and Management of Bird Clubs Ernest Harold Baynes ... we must , to be consistent , protect the useful birds from their , to us , less useful enemies .

Author: Ernest Harold Baynes

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ISBN: HARVARD:HW2NTD

Category: Birds

Page: 326

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Ethics Security and the War Machine

A foreign enemy might be driven to attack us not despite our armed forces, but because of them. ... As David Keen illustrates in Useful Enemies, some national armies behave more like protection rackets than security guards.

Author: Ned Dobos

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192604231

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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If pacifists are correct in thinking that war is always unjust, then it follows that we ought to eliminate the possibility and temptation of ever engaging in it; we should not build war-making capacity, and if we already have, then demilitarization—or military abolition—would seem to be the appropriate course to take. On the other hand, if war is sometimes justified, as many believe, then it must be permissible to prepare for it by creating and maintaining a military establishment. Yet this view that the justifiability of war-making is also sufficient to justify war-building is mistaken. This book addresses questions of jus ante bellum, or justice before war. Under what circumstances is it justifiable for a polity to prepare for war by militarizing? When (if ever) and why (if at all) is it morally permissible to create and maintain the potential to wage war? In doing so it highlights the ways in which a civilian population compromises its own security in maintaining a permanent military establishment, explores the moral and social costs of militarization, and evaluates whether or not these costs are worth bearing.

Defoe s Review

But ye will say, How is this made Profitable to them, it is useful to a Man to know an Enemy, ... but, it is always profitable to a Mán or Party of Men, when they have Encinies, to have those Enemies distraśted, and Raving, ...

Author: Arthur Wellesley Secord

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ISBN: UOM:39015019175556

Category: English literature

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The Living Age

In France men , even useful enemies that he would not survive a finan- men , are thrown aside more easily and cial scandal , but , unfortunately for them , more completely than is the case with us they failed to prove his connection or ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105119094584

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Military Review

Diamonds and other valuable resources are the targets of greedy warlords . ... Reading Useful Enemies should provoke military officers into thinking about how their profession is perceived by others and understand some of the obstacles ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951P01184193V

Category: Military art and science

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