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Decline and fall

Steven Kettell

in New Labour and the New World Order

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081361
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081361.003.0009
Decline and fall

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The launching of the war on terror in September 2001 was shaped by two immediate factors: the new imperialism adopted by the United States from the end of the Cold War, and the specific form and character of the George W. Bush administration. Seeking to craft a new world order more conducive to U.S. interests, Washington's response to the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11 was driven by military measures designed to expand free market democracy in the Middle East and to establish a credible willingness to use force in defence of its interests. In this, the Bush regime was assisted by a New Labour government anxious to elevate Britain's power and influence on the world stage. In reality, the primary means of achieving this became one of unflinching and uncritical support for the actions of the United States. The British approach not only hampered any critical analysis of the underlying causes of radical Islamic terrorism, but acted to sustain the very conditions on which it thrives.

Keywords: war on terror; Britain; United States; free market democracy; New Labour; new imperialism; new world order; terrorism; George W. Bush; al-Qaeda

Chapter.  5904 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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