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The Turning Point


The story of its ruin is si mple and obvious; instead of enquiring why the
Roman Empire was destroyed, we should be surprised it lasted so long.
Edward Gibbons
PROLOGUE
AFTER THE CHAMPAGNE AND FIREWORKS, the toasts
and good wishes, came the almost inevitable hangover. The
twenty first century got off to a bad start with the dotcom
bust. Barely a year later the world was shaken by the events
of September 11. The monstrous and unexpected attack on
the World Trade Center, a senseless tragedy for so many
Americans, saved George W. Bush from a trivial destiny,
elevating him to the role of self-appointed saviour of the
Western World, or the narrow world of the Midwest and its
Bible-punchers.
Launching his war on terror, Bush galloped,
accompanied by his faithful sidekick, Tony Blair, to create
a different version of Bush the father‘s post-Soviet New
World Order, where, in Winston Churchill‘s words: the
principles of justice and fair play...protect the weak against
the strong — or was it the other way around?
The widely hailed New World Order held a number of
unexpected surprises in store for those who had acclaimed
it. The neo-liberals had won the battle, through
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