By James R. Flynn
Past Patriotism argues that a few hundreds of thousands of american citizens became “post-national” those who placed the nice of humanity prior to patriotism or nationwide honour. It discusses the choices that disappointed them from the Vietnamese struggle, to the try and placed Pol Pot again into strength, to the sanctions opposed to Iraq. instead of lamenting the heyday of patriotism, post-national humans should still congratulate themselves on achieving ethical adulthood. they need to make clear their brooding about why nationalism is bankrupt, what americans may still do to pacify the area, what they owe to their fatherland, and what they owe to themselves.
- Kevin Clements, Secretary common foreign Peace study organization (2008-2010)
"Flynn sees that 'Love of One's Country’ is a deadly factor and argues convincingly for what he calls post-national humanism. this can be a publication that should be learn via a person excited about making a extra simply and peaceable international within the twenty first century."
- Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor, Oxford University
"I don't recognize of any longer measured mirrored image on those harmful concerns, patriotism, nationalism, and their position in an expanding stricken global, than Jim Flynn’s most recent paintings. it truly is compelling, the extra so since it is educated via a decent account of his personal existence and his personal love of the nations that experience shaped his identity."
- Ramesh Thakur, United countries Assistant Secretary-General (1998-2007)
"In this painfully sincere appraisal of the USA position in global affairs, James Flynn employs a post-nationalist lens to argue that involved electorate mustn't ever exempt their very own nation from severe ethical scrutiny and judgment. the result's an illuminating and fascinating research of a few of the main major and contentious modern issues."
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If Chiang were to evacuate his troops, it would be a public admission that the mainland was gone forever. If his troops faced a Chinese invasion unaided, they would be destroyed. They could not even be supplied in the face of a determined bombardment. Therefore, America had no choice but to say that it would defend them. But to do so would forfeit international confidence in America’s whole China policy. There was a distinction between defending Taiwan itself and defending the off shore islands.
Decision to fortify the off shore islands After Chiang Kai-shek was driven off the mainland of China, he occupied Formosa, now called Taiwan. He also left a scatter of troops on two small islands over a hundred miles distant from Taiwan but adjacent to the Chinese mainland. Quemoy lies outside the harbor of Amoy; and Matsu (or Matsu Tao) and its adjacent smaller islands block the harbor of Foochow (see map). Map 1. The off shore islands China bombarded the islands from shore batteries in both 1954– 55 and 1958 and occasioned the two “off shore island crises” which alarmed much of the world.
That Truman was clear thinking and tough enough to dismiss MacArthur, and never wavered in serving his conception of America’s interests in the light of a perception of larger consequences, goes half-way to defining the man. Another incident reveals his humanity. Herbert Hoover was the Republican President in office when the Great Depression struck. He was falsely vilified by Democrats as deaf to the suffering that ensued. In 1945, Truman, a Democratic President, called him to the White House to discuss aid to postwar Europe (later Truman partially restored his reputation by appointing him to head a commission).