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The New War
The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security, by John Kerry
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
I'd like to say this is another in Kerry's series of annoyingly didactic books, which he wrote as the means for his own learning of the subject, and to establish his credentials for a future presidential run. While that might be true, it's also true that Kerry made some predictions in this book that society would have been well-advised to listen to.
His focus on terrorism several years before 9/11 was prescient. Fighting terrorism in 1998 was not popular, not politically astute, and not seen as a meaningful problem. Kerry called that one right--and this book details it. Why Kerry did not point this out repeatedly during his presidential campaign is a mystery--it would have made him look like a genius compared to Bush.
Kerry's thesis here is that international crime--as defined by drugs, terrorism, and smuggling, plus the international infrastructure to support them--is a serious and growing problem. The international criminals use increasingly sophisticated tools in a world-wide network, and the civilized nations need to counter them with similar tools.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, June 2007
The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security, by John Kerry.
OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:
Ok, I excerpted this book but I sure did not like it. Here were some of my proposed back-cover blurbs, from different perspectives, while reading it:
-- Alan K. Jansen, OnTheIssues staff, July 29, 2003
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