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SAMSON BLINDED: A MACHIAVELLIAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE MIDDLE AGE CONFLICT
BY OBADIAH SHOHER

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Shoher writes not for idealists. He is veteran politician, and knows how the things really work. If Chomsky sits on top of ivory tower, Shoher is in the swamp of daily affairs. Many people want the literature to carry them away from truth into the skies of high moralism. Shoher rejects that.

Machiavelli is the author's hero who chose truth instead of romantic morality.Shoher writes about terrorists with unusual respect. Perhaps he is right: people ready to die for their values are hardly criminals as media paints them. It is this respect that leads Shoher to deal with terrorists as with enemy soldiers, not criminals.

A large part of the book is devoted to the issues of ethics, principally ethics of state and war. Shoher refutes Huntington's thesis about the clash of civilizations. No wonder that Shoher, the ultimate rationalist, despises Huntington's idea that mere cultural differences cause wars.

Shoher, as always, approaches his subject from a variety of angles. Speaking of terrorism, he analyzes religious and ethical grounds, raison d'etat, political considerations, raw realpolitik, military and general security matters, international attitudes, effects on liberties, and psychological and many other issues.

The Samson Blinded uses the example of Israel to show the things important for people of every country: the extent of crime and punishment, the cost for others of one's self-preservation, and the strength we need to maintain peace.

Electronic copy of the book is available free at www.samsonblinded.org

REVIEWED BY DANNY SIMKIN

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