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Innocents Abroad
The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2008 | Fredrik Logevall

Posted on 07/11/2008 2:22:42 PM PDT by forkinsocket

The U.S. failed to recognize the significance of the radical Islamists.

The timing is right for a major new history of America's engagement with the contemporary Middle East. Admittedly, key archival documentation remains under lock and key and will be inaccessible for a long time to come, both in the United States and elsewhere. But enough material is available, in the form of declassified documents, memoirs, oral histories and journalistic treatments, to begin to piece together the story of how we came to our current predicament.

Enter Sir Lawrence Freedman, a specialist on nuclear strategy and the Cold War and co-author of a useful study of the Gulf War of 1990-91. His new book, A Choice of Enemies, is a richly detailed and carefully argued study of the evolution of U.S. policy in this part of the world, with particular emphasis on the last three decades. The geographic reach is broad: Freedman includes within his purview the whole of what some observers call the Greater Middle East, a region that includes southwest Asia.

The heart of the book is concerned with what Freedman identifies as the "second radical wave" in the Middle East, which was led by Islamists and which gained momentum with the Iranian revolution of the late 1970s. This followed a "first radical wave" spearheaded by secular Arab nationalists in the 1950s and '60s. Both waves were anticolonial and anti-Zionist, and both grew substantially out of political developments in Egypt.

In 1979 -- the real starting point of the book -- the two waves came up side by side, one receding and one gaining strength, as upheavals shook Afghanistan and Iran.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: achoiceofenemies; blameamericafirst; bookreview; clashofcivilizations; globaljihad; middleeast; wot
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1 posted on 07/11/2008 2:22:42 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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We are in this predicament because POS jimmy carter through away civilization in favor of islamification in Iran. PRESIDENT George W Bush has just about finsihed cleaning it up.
2 posted on 07/11/2008 2:49:14 PM PDT by CyberSpartacus
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To: forkinsocket

Islamic terrorism’s 20th century war against the United States actually began in Los Angeles, California on the evening of June 5, 1968 when an Islamic terrorist named Serhan murdered a candidate for the presidency.

Of course in 1801 terrorist groups under the protection of the Ottoman Empire robbed, murdered and enslaved Americans captured in acts of terrorism (pirate attacks) against US flagged vessels in the Mediterranean. So it can be argued that Islam has been trying to destroy America practically from the beginning of our country.


3 posted on 07/11/2008 3:06:36 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
The U.S. failed to recognize the significance of the radical Islamists

No morons, we just don't like killing women and children as a policy. However, that may need updating.

4 posted on 07/11/2008 4:14:49 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: forkinsocket

Yeh, we had “experts” during Vietnam, too, and most were just stirring the chamber pot looking for shining pieces of crap that might enhance their credentials enough to sell books to stupid leftists.

Anything the WP endorses is a signal for me that it smells, is probably detritus from some sewer and needs to be handled with rubber gloves and a clothespin.

Gag!


5 posted on 07/11/2008 4:22:29 PM PDT by sergeantdave (We are entering the Age of the Idiot)
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