Kasparov's book has one great value - it shows how unhinged his view of international politics truly is. He is a true believing neoconservative who sees the world in simple terms of good & evil, & who believes that the West has such overwhelming power that if it just had the will to use it, it could bend the world to fit its desires. He admits his neocon leanings by showering praise on one of the idols of the movement, the late Henry Jackson, as well as on John McCain, whom Kasparov lauds for his 'moral clarity'. 'Can anyone not believe that the world would be a safer, more democratic place today had McCain been elected?' he writes. Kasparov's view of Russia is extremely simplistic. It is all Putin. He denies that the Russian leader or his policies have any popular support, & ignores the possibility that Putin is a product of his country's system as much as he is the creator of it.
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Natylie Baldwin is co-author of Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated, available from Tayen Lane Publishing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications including Sun Monthly, Dissident Voice, (more...)