5 out of 5 stars Tour de Force!
By Donald L. Conover
Tour de Force! That’s the only way to describe Pepe Escobar’s remarkable achievement with Globalistan: How the Globalized World Is Dissolving into Liquid War. In page after page, Mr. Escobar demonstrates his remarkable erudition gained in a peripatetic career, spanning the caves of Tora Bora to the slums of Sao Paolo and Mumbai; from the halls of venality to the palaces of the gluttonously wealthy; from conversations with forgotten Pentagon warlords to raps with Brazilian gang lords.
Our Neocon leaders seem to think the rest of the World is frozen in situ, waiting for them to hatch their nefarious schemes. Globalistan shows us the consequences of such a blindered [or should I say “blundered”] attitude.
Producers for the talking heads of “mainstream” media will have to have this book. It is the one volume necessary to make sense of our churning humanity in the 21st Century. A quick scan can provide the background on every crisis from Iran to “Chindia”; from Shiiteistan to the Gazprom Nation; from PetroEurostan to the Bush White House.
Escobar demonstrates why it is true that if we don’t find ways to spread our prosperity around the World, the have-nots will come and take it away from us with guns and bombs and box cutters. All of the walls and fences cannot protect the United States, Europe, and Saudi Arabia from overwhelming illegal immigration. Weapons and fences doom us, like the Texans at the Alamo. Eventually they will be overrun by 3 billion human beings living in abject poverty, but with access to the latest episodes of “24” and “Sleeper Cell,” unless we help the Mexicans achieve their dreams of Texas in Mexico.
A special ring of “Hell” is reserved for the mainstream media, who trumpet terrorist propaganda and minor successes around the World with lethal effect; providing Al Qaeda and other miscreants with the raw material for their recruiting campaigns. Jihad Inc. is a Neocon invention, designed to manipulate American ignorance with World class fear mongering.
I found Escobar’s analysis of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, most compelling. He points out that Chavez’s position is that Venezuela can’t develop nuclear energy or the United States will bomb it away, so he has decided to fight with pipelines. Indeed, pipelines are a major theme of Globalistan, criss crossing, as they do, some of the most formidable territory on the planet, both because of their location and the brigands that guard them [or not].
What came to my mind about Mr. Escobar, after reading his encyclopedic presentation of the dark under side of global venality, was Albert Einstein’s quote once applied to another, “Men will scarce believe that such a one as this ever walked upon the earth.” Pepe Escobar’s Globalistan is an achievement without parallel!