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Perilous power : the Middle East & U.S. foreign policy : dialogues on terror, democracy, war, and justice /
Noam Chomsky & Gilbert Achcar ; edited with a preface by Stephen R. Shalom.
imprint
Boulder : Paradigm Publishers, 2007.
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xi, 276 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1594513120 (hc), 9781594513121 (hc)
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imprint
Boulder : Paradigm Publishers, 2007.
isbn
1594513120 (hc)
9781594513121 (hc)
catalogue key
5937838
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-266) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-09-11:
This intriguing series of conversations between like-minded peers about America in the Middle East pairs dissident intellectual Chomsky with Achcar, who is less well known for critiques of U.S. foreign policy (Clash of Barbarisms). Drawing on deep historical background, they deconstruct Western assumptions about international politics: "Every state you can think of is based on violence, repression... the state system itself has no inherent legitimacy." While refreshingly careful to note when their conclusions aren't backed by rigorous documentation, both make broad assumptions about human behavior, while easily disregarding contradictions. For example they rely on opinion polls to indicate the desires of a given people (as opposed to the ruling elite), but reject the once-broad Palestinian support of the Oslo Peace Accords, for instance, because, as Chomsky says, the Palestinians "were just totally deluded." Similarly, they give little weight to nonrational influences religiosity, fear where these almost certainly played a key role in forming public opinion, such as in Arab disillusionment with secular nationalism or Israeli presumptions of anti-Semitism. Particularly in Chomsky's case, this can extend to an unfortunate contempt for those with whom he disagrees. Both men raise vital questions, but some readers may be alienated by the authors' often dismissive manner. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Summaries
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'Perilous Power' discusses the internal dynamics of the Middle East and of the role of the US, taking up key questions on such topics as terrorism, fundamentalism, democracy and conspiracies, as well as the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the sources of US foreign policy.
Long Description
The volatile Middle East is the site of vast resources, profound passions, frequent crises, and long-standing conflicts, as well as a major source of international tensions and a key site of direct U.S. intervention.Two of the most astute analysts of this part of the world are Noam Chomsky, the preeminent critic of U.S, foreign policy, and Gilbert Achcar, a leading specialist of the Middle East who lived in that region for many years. In their new book, Chomsky and Achcar bring a keen understanding of the internal dynamics of the Middle East and of the role of the United States, taking up all the key questions of interest to concerned citizens, including such topics as terrorism, fundamentalism, conspiracies, oil, democracy, self determination, anti-Semitism, and anti-Arab racism, as well as the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the sources of U.S. foreign policy.This book provides the best readable introduction for all who wish to understand the complex issues related to the Middle East from a perspective dedicated to peace and justice. It is not an interview book, but rather a carefully planned and orchestrated dialogue with two experts, skillfully edited by Stephen R. Shalom, professor at William Patterson University.
Unpaid Annotation
The volatile Middle East is the site of vast resources, profound passions, frequent crises, and long-standing conflicts, as well as a major source of international tensions and a key site of direct U.S. intervention. Two of the most astute analysts of this part of the world are Noam Chomsky, the preeminent critic of U.S, foreign policy, and Gilbert Achcar, a leading specialist of the Middle East who lived in that region for many years. In their new book, Chomsky and Achcar bring a keen understanding of the internal dynamics of the Middle East and of the role of the United States, taking up all the key questions of interest to concerned citizens, including such topics as terrorism, fundamentalism, conspiracies, oil, democracy, self-determination, anti-Semitism, and anti-Arab racism, as well as the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the sources of U.S. foreign policy. This book provides the best readable introduction for all who wish to understand the complex issues related to the Middle East from a perspective dedicated to peace and justice.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Terrorism and Conspiraciesp. 1
Defining Terrorismp. 1
The Terrorist Threatp. 6
Responding to Terrorismp. 10
9/11 Conspiraciesp. 12
Saddam Hussein's Invasion of Kuwaitp. 17
Fundamentalism and Democracyp. 27
Fundamentalismp. 27
The Saudi Kingdomp. 35
Democracy in the Middle Eastp. 39
Fundamentalism and Democracyp. 46
Democracy Since the Iraq Invasionp. 51
Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle Eastp. 53
Oilp. 53
Israel, the Israel Lobby, and U.S. Policyp. 60
Israel and U.S. Interestsp. 65
Wars in the "Greater Middle East"p. 71
Afghanistanp. 71
Responding to 9/11p. 75
Afghanistan Todayp. 79
The United States and Iraq, 2003p. 83
Other Major Powers and Iraqp. 90
The Current Situation in Iraqp. 95
The Iraqi Insurgencyp. 103
U.S. Policy in Iraq Todayp. 110
What Should the Antiwar Movement Be Calling For?p. 115
Will Withdrawal Lead to Civil War?p. 118
The Kurds in Iraqp. 120
The Kurds in Turkeyp. 123
Secession, Self-Determination, and Justicep. 128
Syriap. 131
Iranp. 136
The Israel-Palestine Conflictp. 143
The Legitimacy of Israelp. 143
Palestinian Say in Any Settlementp. 148
Going from a Settlement to Lasting Peacep. 157
Palestinians Within Israelp. 158
Mizrahimp. 162
The Palestinian Refugeesp. 163
Efforts to Achieve Peacep. 166
The Palestinian View of a Settlementp. 176
Zionism and the Palestiniansp. 179
Israeli Politicsp. 184
Palestinian Politicsp. 188
How Can We Support Justice in Israel/Palestine?p. 191
Boycotts, Divestment, and Other Tacticsp. 195
Anti-Semitismp. 199
Anti-Semitism in Western Europep. 204
Anti-Arab Racism and Islamophobiap. 211
Epiloguep. 215
The Situation in Iraqp. 215
Hamas in Powerp. 221
The Israel-Hezbollah-Lebanon Conflictp. 225
The Israel Lobbyp. 229
The United States and Iranp. 230
Hezbollahp. 235
Confrontation with Hamas and Hezbollahp. 237
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 267
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