Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism

Wow! Reviewing Tom Farer's book Confronting Global Terrorism and American
Neo-Conservatism has proven to be a daunting task. Its appeal may be for
the intellectual's intellectual. Tom told me the book would be of interest to
two groups of people: those who read the book section of the Sunday New York
Times and legal scholars seeking information on international law and human

One is intrigued by Tom's passion for his subject. I find it impossible
to separate Tom from his book. His life is chronicled by his ideas. His is the story of his philosophy. Tom can be viewed as a superior intellect who has been molded by life's injustices. Couple this with his eloquent, lucid writing style and one finds compelling reading material.

His use of language is, truly unique. Every sentence is meaningful.
There are no wasted words. Every word is employed for effect, for provocation,
for lucidity. His legal training is manifest by a meticulous intensity of
thought that is unrelenting.

The core of his book, his basic philosophy in a nutshell , consists of
two conflicting propositions. The first is the basic tenet of liberalism.
Liberalism is defined as the freedom to pursue one's life to the fullest. To this
seemingly boundless largess, there must be a counter force to protect but not
to restrict this freedom . One can only imagine the tensions such a concept
creates...both in America and the world community in general. The author takes no sides; he only describes what he sees. This allows the reader to decide for himself in which niche to reside. He is a self- proclaimed pragmatist, neither a liberal nor a conservative but a combination of both. He is ,however, a full-fledged activist for human rights. He has become a world renown authority championing human rights causes from Somalia to China.

With legal precision he defines the different pigeonholes we find ourselves occupying in the political spectrum. I'm sure having read his book, one
can identify his own political philosophy. Tom jabs and counterjabs with 
the utopian belief that a legal compromise can be found among nations. Tearing
down cultural and ethical barriers to promote the common good seem to him
to be an attainable goal . This assumes a nation's self-interest is
sufficiently that good.

It is in everyone's best interest to read this scholarly treatise. Your
education didn't end with graduation; it only began.

Ed Byers