The Supremacy of the US - A Soap Bubble
By NDR Info
[This book review of George Soros' "The Supremacy of the US - A Soap Bubble", 2004 is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, http://www.ndrinfo.de/ndrinfo_pages_std/0,2758,OID221928_REF6,00..]
George Soros, born in 1930 in Budapest, survived the holocaust, went first to America and became one of the richest men of the world with stock market speculations. Today he is engaged in more than two dozen foundations around the earth for democracy and an open society.
The new book by George Soros lives from his breath-taking autobiographical record. Pure curiosity drives the reader. How does a man with this incredible success explain the world events in which he managed so well?
Soros wrote a book full of convictions and will power. Right on the first page, he tells his readers unmistakably: "My most urgent goal is convincing the American people that president Bush must be voted out of office in the next election."
Soros sees America ruled by "political extremists" who want world domination for the US according to a master plan. Over three pages he documents the policy statement of a circle of neoconservatives from 1997, three years before the election victory of the republicans with the current president George W. Bush.
Prominent exponents like Dick Cheney (Vice-president today), Donald Rumsfeld (US Secretary of Defense today) and his assistant Paul Wolfowitz were three authors of this paper. The circle of persons against whom Soros inveighs can be clearly outlined.
The "Bush doctrine" and the legitimated invasion of Iraq are at the heart of his criticism. September 11, 2001 was an horrific event that was ultimately a useful instrument for the government to influence the American people.
One chapter is titled "Searching for an enemy". Soros writes: "After September 11, president Bush created the enemy that he needed. Bush turned to a man with a clear appeal. The problem is sadly and unfortunately the he is leading us - and the world - in the wrong direction.
Examined from every angle, the term "war" was disastrous. In Soros' opinion, terror must be combated by politics, the secret services and the police, not with heavily armed soldiers in the desert far from home.
The consequences of the Iraq crusade that can hardly be won as a result of Bush policy are also financial. While president Clinton left a gigantic budget surplus, Bush now fights with a huge deficit. As an illustration almost twice the current German budget would fit in the 2004 US deficit.
As with the overheating of prices in the stock market boom, the US policy is in a state of irrational exaggeration of its hegemonial need. The result will be the same; the bubble will burst.
Germany only plays a subordinate role in Soros' reflections. World policy arises in the triangle US, England and France. With his description of the economic streams in the age of globalization, North Germans are seen as "forerunners of international capitalism."
This book should not be understood as a scholarly contribution even if Soros makes efforts in this direction. Rather this book is a passionate plea for cooperation instead of confrontation in international policy.
Soros argues as an American who as a cosmopolitan has his roots in Europe. Hearing and considering his influential voice is vital at the beginning of the new millennium.