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How John Gray’s philosophy helped me understand my war experience | Aeon Essays
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Gray showed how the United States’ president George W Bush and the United Kingdom’s prime minister Tony Blair framed the ‘war on terror’ (which I was part of) as an apocalyptic struggle that would forge the new American century of liberal democracy, where personal freedom and free markets were the e
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  • Gray showed how the United States’ president George W Bush and the United Kingdom’s prime minister Tony Blair framed the ‘war on terror’ (which I was part of) as an apocalyptic struggle that would forge the new American century of liberal democracy,
  • where personal freedom and free markets were the end goals of human progress
  • Gray highlighted an important caveat to the phrase ‘You can’t have an omelette without breaking eggs,
  • Gray’s caveat was: ‘You can break millions of eggs and still not have a single omelette.’
  • There was no doubt that Iraq’s underexploited oil reserves were part of the US strategic decision-making, and that the initial mission in Afghanistan was in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the US

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