Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century
Ralph Peters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2007. 384 pp. Maps. $27.95.
Reviewed by Eric Osborne
Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army officer, asserts that leaders in today's America are ill-suited to the task of dealing with wars in the 21st century. Calling them "prisoners of education," the author believes that their adherence to theories pertaining to humankind in today's world leads to a lack of understanding of the reality behind today's conflicts. He believes there is a more effective approach. This work is not a history, but rather one of opinion based on the author's theories.
The author advances his objective through a series of essays and columns that detail American involvement in various conflicts, primarily in the Middle East, and the pitfalls of the conventional course. In Peters' mind, grand strategy must be reshaped to deal with current themes steering world events, which includes the idea that today's conflicts are governed by religion and ethnicity.