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How to Win A Cosmic War

God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror
Aslan, Reza (Book - 2009 )
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A cosmic war is a religious war. It is a battle not between armies or nations, but between the forces of good and evil, a war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other.

The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, is also fighting a cosmic war–a war that can’t be won.

How to Win a Cosmic War is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban, and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Surveying the global scene from Israel to Iraq and from New York to the Netherlands, Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century. At a time when religion and politics are increasingly sharing the same vocabulary and functioning in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world–in particular, the War on Terror–of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie behind the cosmic impulse.

How do you win a cosmic war? By refusing to fight in one.

Baker & Taylor
A cosmic war is a religious war, not between armies or nations, but between the forces of good and evil, a war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. Scholar Reza Aslan maintains that by infusing the War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric, the United States is also fighting a cosmic war--a war that can't be won. This book is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling militants throughout the Muslim world, and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Aslan argues that we must strip conflicts of their religious connotations and addressthe earthly grievances that always lie behind the cosmic impulse. How do you win a cosmic war? By refusing to fight in one.--From publisher description.

Baker
& Taylor

Looks at the ideology of al-Qaida, the Taliban, and other Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world.

Authors: Aslan, Reza
Title: How to win a cosmic war
God, globalization, and the end of the War on Terror
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xix, 228 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: I. The geography of identity. The borderless self
A land twice promised
II. God is a man of war. Zeal for your house consumes me
An army of believers
The near and the far
III. The end of the war as we know it. Generation E
The middle ground
ISBN: 1400066727
9781400066728
Statement of Responsibility: Reza Aslan
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-214) and index
Subject Headings: Globalization War on Terrorism, 2001- Islamic fundamentalism Jihad
Topical Term: Globalization
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Islamic fundamentalism
Jihad
LCCN: 2008049246
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Jan 23, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

"Aslan argues that religion is a stronger force today than it has been in a century." - - Of course, as ignorance is so pervasive, and ignorance and religion go hand in hand. Oh lordy! The War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, everlasting American Wars! No thanks, CFR guy, Pacific Council stooge, but some of us actually can read, chum! Now it is not only, according to CFR guy, a GWOT, but a Cosmic War. Except: those thousands of cases against corporate fraud, in the SEC source documents file, which was destroyed in the WTC's Building 7 destruction, thereby shutting down those thousands of ongoing cases and financial fraud investigtions! Except: that $2.3 trillion in unaccounted for DoD funds, uncovered by the DIA's Financial Management staff (the auditing team) which was almost completely wiped out on the morning of 9/11/01 when that airliner flew dead center into the Pentagon's west wall. Except: that dramatic and anomalous increase in data communcations and wire transfers in the offices of two corporate entities, and one bank, which were directly hit by those two other airliners that day, destroying their computer/communications systems and the personnel manning them! Too convenient, your Cosmic War, Aslan, just as it was too convenient that Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant in Libya, back in the 1990s when he was gun running and so on, was named Chalabi, just as Bush's main "source" pertaining to those WMDs in Iraq was Ahmed Chalabi. Peddle your stories elsewhere, CFR boy!

Jan 21, 2014
  • hypocracy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Supermen made in America! Give me your poor; give me your unwanted, give America whomever you don’t want instead America will do whatever it takes for the applications of their dreams to become a reality of their reason for living in America to become a true reality. When a practically unwanted child from undesirable condition of planet Krypton landed on earth which happened to be America, America turned him into superman! A creation and dreams of the minds of two unfitted young Jewish men who thought they were unfitted in main stream America because of their immigrant parents but let their dreams to flow and lead them from basement of their parents to walls of main street America. It’s not the question of how America was created as if there is planet Krypton but what America has become. It does not matter where you come from in America but who you are and how willing to apply your potentials to achieve your highest until your dream becomes reality of your daily life in wherever you are landed and planted in America. Yes America gave promise to its natives and broke it over and over but America also delivered on some promises to do better for the new generation of natives to come. What happened to the land and it natives would have happened soon or later perhaps under different paradigm as if krypton existed or not. Slaves brought to America with a promise to fill the gap of unruly natives who didn’t want to share their ancestral lands with the wild newcomers with the dreams of building dreamland were all dreams of the new generation of new comers would come true. Perhaps slavery was a dark mark but in reality was the beginning of the official introduction of blacks into new American society with whatever consequences it was going to take at the price of the country going to war with her own existence. Black Americans are among the healthiest, wealthiest and most educated blacks on earth as the result of coming to America as some might say by default or perhaps will of God. America as an idea and a dream delivers and it is completely different from American global politics as the lather is an off-shoot off of the main goal of real American promise, idea and a dream. Today any young men anywhere and for sure in the streets of Iran knows Iranians they are but American is something if given their pledge they can become. America the idea and the dream creates rulers, dictators, kings, presidents, prime ministers, evil men with evil empires, gangs of thugs and the best of the human beings. Fidel Castro lived and went school in America, al Saud rough thugs of Arabia over nigh turned to knights and kings to have Arabia in their name by the political power of American President FDR. Saud created by the off-shoot off of American promise, idea and dream created their off-shoot branch of Islam off of Islam to give to America the 15 monster jihadists (15 out of 19) of the 9/11/2001 attackers to the American soil. Not respecting the promise that created them but knowing the fact that America is a place where all things are possible against all odds. America is itself the most powerful weapon against all odds and a path to glory for any human willing to pledge allegiance to its promise. America is a promise to be who one wants to be, already the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse country on earth. The idea of America as a sponge that absorbs whatever faith, culture, or ethnicity it comes into contact with can overcome the often irresistible pull of anti-Americanism. Creating out of many, one world -of light- “the light unto the world” a place where all things truly are possible. America is the place you can love and you are always free to leave to go to fulfill your dreams. America is a promise, as you make a promise; and in return, a promise is made to you. For everything America stands for and everything I stand for, everything you came here for, I swear to you.

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