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The foundations of World War III are being laid today. American defeat in Iraq is only a matter of time, but how long it takes matters a lot. The fate of Iraq is a sideshow, the terrorist threat is a red herring, and the radical Islamists' dream of a worldwide jihad against the West is a fantasy, but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real. No matter what the outcome of The foundations of World War III are being laid today. American defeat in Iraq is only a matter of time, but how long it takes matters a lot. The fate of Iraq is a sideshow, the terrorist threat is a red herring, and the radical Islamists' dream of a worldwide jihad against the West is a fantasy, but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real. No matter what the outcome of the election in November, 2004, the enterprise is likely to continue. It is bound to fail eventually, but we need it to fail soon. American military power is not limitless, and the other big powers will not stand for US military domination of the world. They don't buy the cover story about the 'terrorist threat,' but they don't want a fight either. They are all on hold for the moment, hoping that America will remember its commitment to the United Nations, the rule of law and multilateralism. If it does not, then the drift back into alliances, balance-of-power politics and military confrontations will begin. Ten years from now, an American-led alliance that includes India and occupies much of the Middle East could be facing a European alliance led by France, Germany and Russia AND a hostile, heavily armed China. In Future Tense, Gwynne Dyer's brilliant follow up to last year's bestselling Ignorant Armies, he analyzes how the world made its way to the brink of disaster, and describes how we may all slide over the edge. It was fringe groups of extremists - Islamist fanatics and American neo-conservatives - who set the process in motion, but it has gone well beyond that now. It is not too late, but the clock is running.


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The foundations of World War III are being laid today. American defeat in Iraq is only a matter of time, but how long it takes matters a lot. The fate of Iraq is a sideshow, the terrorist threat is a red herring, and the radical Islamists' dream of a worldwide jihad against the West is a fantasy, but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real. No matter what the outcome of The foundations of World War III are being laid today. American defeat in Iraq is only a matter of time, but how long it takes matters a lot. The fate of Iraq is a sideshow, the terrorist threat is a red herring, and the radical Islamists' dream of a worldwide jihad against the West is a fantasy, but the attempt to revive Pax Americana is real. No matter what the outcome of the election in November, 2004, the enterprise is likely to continue. It is bound to fail eventually, but we need it to fail soon. American military power is not limitless, and the other big powers will not stand for US military domination of the world. They don't buy the cover story about the 'terrorist threat,' but they don't want a fight either. They are all on hold for the moment, hoping that America will remember its commitment to the United Nations, the rule of law and multilateralism. If it does not, then the drift back into alliances, balance-of-power politics and military confrontations will begin. Ten years from now, an American-led alliance that includes India and occupies much of the Middle East could be facing a European alliance led by France, Germany and Russia AND a hostile, heavily armed China. In Future Tense, Gwynne Dyer's brilliant follow up to last year's bestselling Ignorant Armies, he analyzes how the world made its way to the brink of disaster, and describes how we may all slide over the edge. It was fringe groups of extremists - Islamist fanatics and American neo-conservatives - who set the process in motion, but it has gone well beyond that now. It is not too late, but the clock is running.

30 review for Future: Tense: The Coming World Order?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julian Worker

    A wonderful book reminding me of the halycon days of the Dubya administrations - the good old days indeed!! We have to be thankful that Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Perle weren't part of the Trump team. I should have read this book years ago as it explains so much about American foreign policy. It also depicts Tony Blair as a snivelling wretch, which is accurate even though I'm a Labour Party supporter. I will be reading more of Gwynne Dyer's work because anyone who can write in 2006 in relat A wonderful book reminding me of the halycon days of the Dubya administrations - the good old days indeed!! We have to be thankful that Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Perle weren't part of the Trump team. I should have read this book years ago as it explains so much about American foreign policy. It also depicts Tony Blair as a snivelling wretch, which is accurate even though I'm a Labour Party supporter. I will be reading more of Gwynne Dyer's work because anyone who can write in 2006 in relation to Russia possibly joining the EU at some point in the future "though it might then be membership in a European Union that has lost the United Kingdom" has to be respected for their prescience.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gagne

    Reading an older book, gave lots of analysis on why America went into Iraq and the repercussions in the short term. Also talked the current UN system and how it was undermined significantly by the American's Iraq War. A fault with the book was it didn't cover the future of geopolitics only in brief, throughout the books in snippets, and one chapter. Overall still enjoyable read and gave lots of prediction regarding the middle east conflicts, a fair amount of them turned into reality and many more Reading an older book, gave lots of analysis on why America went into Iraq and the repercussions in the short term. Also talked the current UN system and how it was undermined significantly by the American's Iraq War. A fault with the book was it didn't cover the future of geopolitics only in brief, throughout the books in snippets, and one chapter. Overall still enjoyable read and gave lots of prediction regarding the middle east conflicts, a fair amount of them turned into reality and many more are in the works.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mathew O'

    Read this 12 years or so after originally published. Gwynne was certainly perceptive regarding a number of issues.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cristofer

    This, I must say, is a interesting book; although I must say as well, It may confuse readers, and make them re-read various things. The reason is no other than because it may sometimes seem like the author is contradicting himself. The first pages of the book are very readable, and my complaints are almost non-existent, however, by the time it reaches the ''Neo-Conservative Agenda'', I cannot but to think that it falls deeply into a huge conspiracy theory—may science-literate people forgive me f This, I must say, is a interesting book; although I must say as well, It may confuse readers, and make them re-read various things. The reason is no other than because it may sometimes seem like the author is contradicting himself. The first pages of the book are very readable, and my complaints are almost non-existent, however, by the time it reaches the ''Neo-Conservative Agenda'', I cannot but to think that it falls deeply into a huge conspiracy theory—may science-literate people forgive me for the use of such word while referring to what seems as a mere hypothesis. Paranoia can easily be argued, and it does not help a single bit after reading his chapter on ''The System(as it is).'' However, he does set forward a lot of very convincing arguments, and the book does not come up with any fictional event to convince the reader—as far as I was able to check. It cannot be denied that the writer did a good job on making this book; and even if I do not agree with some arguments put forth in this book, I can still see the reason why he warns the reader of certain things. That being said: I would recommend this book if I were to hear this book, and questioned about it; I would say that it puts some good arguments against the idea that some of the inhabitants of the US have about their supposed grandeur. However, I would not say it is a memorable book, but I would admit that it is an interesting book to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Even though this book is now over ten years old, it still had insights and predictions for the future that, while not totally accurate, show just how perceptive Gwynne Dyer really was. It is interesting that he writes exactly as he speaks in any of the documentaries of his I've seen. Many times I could hear him speaking as I read. I highly recommend this book. Even though this book is now over ten years old, it still had insights and predictions for the future that, while not totally accurate, show just how perceptive Gwynne Dyer really was. It is interesting that he writes exactly as he speaks in any of the documentaries of his I've seen. Many times I could hear him speaking as I read. I highly recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tobias Hirt

    Much about the war in Iraq and USA, few about the coming world order.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    another masterpiece

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Couldnt finish this one...Interesting topic, boring writing though....I don't reccommend it. Couldnt finish this one...Interesting topic, boring writing though....I don't reccommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karena

    This book was very easy to read, and gave me a lot of background and some things to think about. I just wish he quoted his sources (he just mentioned a few things I wished he'd back up). This book was very easy to read, and gave me a lot of background and some things to think about. I just wish he quoted his sources (he just mentioned a few things I wished he'd back up).

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  17. 4 out of 5

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    Todd Hurman

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