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7183 -- SCHWEDIAUER, VERONIKA

Der Kreuzzug im Irak. Christian Right und Neokonservatismus als symbiotische Herrschaftsideologien für den US-Krieg im Irak
(Europäische Hochschulschriften. Reihe XXXI Politikwissenschaft 535)
Frankfurt/M.: Lang Verlag 2006
151 pp. Euro 34,-; ISBN 3-631-55618-7
Keywords: Christian Right, Religious Right, neocons, Iraq War, crusade in Iraq, ideologies of rule, war in Iraq, Protestant fundamentalism, fundamentalism

The crusade in Iraq. Christian Right and neoconservatism as symbiotic ideologies of rule for the US War in Iraq
Some analyses view the war in Iraq as based on fundamentalist attitudes of G.W. Bush, and others view the neocons as the primary war hawks, and the author sees both as the promoters of the war. Both groups have similar political visions complementing one another since intellectual neocons lack voters, and the populist Christian Right lacks the ability to formulate and express political language. In that way, the neocons have been the Çarchitectsí of the Iraq War while the Christian Right only endorsed it. In adopting neocon interpretation and religious rhetoric Bush has become the unifying figure of this coalition. Schwediauer discusses Protestant fundamentalism in detail - the relation of politics and religion in the USA, its morphology in 20th century USA, its history there (before and after the Civil War), and then political fundamentalism in international perspective. This is followed by the pre-history of the Christian Right and neoconservatism in the US. All of this is then related to the Bush Administration and international repercussions of this agenda. Specifically, behavior after 9/11 and in the Iraq War is described.

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