Friday, May 16, 2008


COMBINE RELIGION, RACE, the Cold War, America's enemies, and a history of colonialism, and you've got a breeding ground for the most virulent strains of politically correct mythology, distortions, and cover-ups. If you've spent more time in front of the TV watching reruns, and still haven't got a clue about what's going on in the mother of all global hotspots, then you need to take a stroll through The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East by Martin Sieff. In his book you'll learn:

  • Why the Arab-Israeli conflict today isn't about borders—and never was
  • How the Arab states openly declared their determination to prevent a Jewish state from being born in 1947—20 years before the West Bank and Gaza were first occupied
  • Why Islamic fundamentalism isn't ancient - and why that only makes it more dangerous
  • How environmentalist extremists have kept us hooked on oil from the Middle East
  • Why Iran can't be reformed—but the Saudis can
  • How, for 30 years, the British supported parliamentary democracy throughout the Middle East - but it didn't work
  • How free democratic elections actually helped cause Iraq's civil war—and boosted the clout of America's greatest enemy in that country
  • Why importing too much democracy too fast was always a recipe for disaster—as the Carter administration found in Iran in the late 1970s
  • Why Britain's post-World War I Middle East policy was a comedy of errors and incompetence that soon escalated into tragedy
  • How Winston Churchill conceived the idea of Iraq as a separate country when he was Britain's colonial overlord—and why he came to regret his creation, formed at the urging of romantic British Arabophiles such as T.E. Lawrence
  • Déjà vu: how the Shiites of Iraq led a ferocious nationalist uprising against an English speaking superpower that wanted to bring Western-style democracy to their country—in 1920
  • How the Shah of Iran's dependence on the U.S. and his honeymoon with Israel in the 1950s and 1960s deluded both countries into believing that Iran was inherently moderate, anti-Arab and pro-Western—and why they couldn't have been more wrong
  • Why anti-American and anti-Israeli popular sentiment grew dramatically during the Shah's rule—preparing the way for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution
  • How Britain's hand-picked Muslim leader in Palestine later gave Hitler's Holocaust his enthusiastic support.
  • How Bosnian Muslims volunteered to guard the death trains that carried thousands of Balkan Jews to Auschwitz
  • How the Israelis helped block a Nazi takeover of Iraq before there was even an Israel
  • Where America went wrong in Iraq: how U.S. policymakers vastly underestimated the intransigent, unsophisticated and anti-Western nature of its competing communities
  • Why disbanding Saddam's old, much-feared army structure was another mistake
  • How Washington policymakers obsessed with crafting Iraqi democracy ignored the more-pressing issues of guaranteeing law and order and producing enough food, heating fuel, gasoline and other necessities
  • How, in an eerie foreshadowing of today's policies, President Carter was so obsessed with fostering democracy and human rights in Iran that he left the way open for Khomeini to seize power
  • How the Muslim nations of the Middle East took an irrevocable turn towards radical Islam not in the 10th Century or after the Fall of Baghdad to the Mongols in the 13th Century—only in 1979
  • Creating Osama: how the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan inspired successive U.S. administrations to fund Islamist mujahedin guerrillas
  • How Saudi Arabia's security forces defeated al-Qaeda in that nation—and why you never heard about it
  • How the Saudis also instituted a gradual but increasingly effective policy of state control to marginalize and discredit Islamist leaders
  • How the Saudis even secretly but strongly cooperated with Israel against their common foes of al-Qaeda, Islamic extremists and the new radical leadership of Iran
  • How ambitious comprehensive solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict, such as the one envisaged at Camp David, are likely to be followed by a rapid return to bitter, bloody hostilities
  • The Arab dictators: why we'll miss them when they're gone...

    and more. Don't be a tool of the Left, or the Right. Get some facts that will start you on the journey for significant citizenship. Before it's too late.

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