Thomas M. Nichols


On his book Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War

Cover Interview of February 24, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The move toward preventive military action is an international phenomenon.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Preventive military action is a lot bigger than George Bush, 9/11, the UN, or anything else [...] the erosion of national sovereignty and the growing temptations of preventive war have been in the works since at least the late 1980s, and in countries all around the world.”

On the second:

“We have never in history had a situation where small groups, unaffiliated with any state, and embracing radical, death-loving ideologies, could do vast-scale damage to us all.”