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BEST INTENTIONS, BLIND INTERVENTIONS: A CRASH COURSE — LESSONS FROM & FOR FOREIGN FORAYS AND BUSINESS: BERLIN 1945 TO BAGHDAD: & NEXT?

International Journal of Commerce and Management

ISSN: 1056-9219

Article publication date: 1 March 2003

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Abstract

Roots of global Terrorism are in ‘failed’ states carved out of multiracial empires after World Wars I and II in name of ‘national self‐determination’. Both sides in the Cold War competed to exploit the process of disintegration with armed and covert interventions. In effect, they were colluding at the expense of the ‘liberated’ peoples. The ‘Vietnam Trauma’ prevented effective action against the resulting terrorist buildup and blowback until 9/11. As those vultures come home to roost, the war broadens to en vision overdue but coercive reforms to the postwar system of nation states, first in the Middle East. Mirages of Vietnam blur the vision; can the sole Superpower finish the job before fiscal and/or imperial overstretch implode it?

Citation

Adie MA, W.A.C. (2003), "BEST INTENTIONS, BLIND INTERVENTIONS: A CRASH COURSE — LESSONS FROM & FOR FOREIGN FORAYS AND BUSINESS: BERLIN 1945 TO BAGHDAD: & NEXT?", International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol. 13 No. 3/4, pp. 6-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047472

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