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In bed with the neocons

Oliver Kamm has made a brave attempt to reconcile left-wing idealism with US neoconservatism. But can non-Americans really be neocons?

By David Clark   February 2006

Anti-totalitarianism by Oliver Kamm (Social Affairs Unit, £13.99)

Click here to buy Anti-totalitarianism from amazon.co.uk It was perhaps inevitable that a book entitled Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-Wing Case for a Neoconser-vative Foreign Policy would deal at length with the Iraq story, and Oliver Kamm is to be congratulated for offering a spirited defence of regime change. Unfortunately, the limitations of his position remain all too visible.

Kamm’s claim that the fall of Saddam has encouraged a democratic upsurge in the wider middle east already looks dated. The Ba’athist regime was not, as he suggests, a major state sponsor of…

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