A History of the World Since 9/11: Disaster, Deception, and Destruction in the War on Terrorby Dominic Streatfeild
To understand why, you'll need to know how …
· an Australian metals trader named Garry-with help from the CIA-inadvertently triggered the invasion of Iraq · coalition troops were killed by bombs made with explosives that, according to the White House, never existed · the United States Air Force bombed a wedding in Afghanistan by
To understand why, you'll need to know how …
· an Australian metals trader named Garry-with help from the CIA-inadvertently triggered the invasion of Iraq · coalition troops were killed by bombs made with explosives that, according to the White House, never existed · the United States Air Force bombed a wedding in Afghanistan by mistake · the U.S. gave material support to the president of Uzbekistan, who, as it happens, boils people alive
These are not merely random disasters from an otherwise effective war. A History of the World Since 9/11shows us just why, a decade after the horrifying attacks on New York and Washington, we are no closer towinning the war on terror than we were on September 10, 2001. We failed to find Osama bin Laden or quellextremism. We sparked civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Around the world, innocents were incarcerated,tortured, and murdered-all in the name of justice.
Acclaimed author and journalist Dominic Streatfeild traveled across the world for years in pursuit ofanswers for this stunning collapse of international law. The results of his search form the most fully realized study of the war on terror yet written. Piercing reportage blends with sobering human drama, woven into eight narratives of how our world went wrong after 9/11.
"Bleak and gripping narrative…This excellent work will mesmerize readers of current history." – Library Journal "History that's vivid and insightful."—Publishers Weekly "A tenacious reporter, Streatfeild packs the narrative with telling detail, instructive interviews and dramatic events"—Kirkus "But there was anger enough in Sept. 11, the event produced by anger and that itself produced even more anger. A History of the World Since 9/11’ is a study through case studies - eight episodes setting out what followed, presented as a painter might present a series of miniatures."—Boston Globe “Streatfeild describes a tragic level of cheerful American stupidity.”—Heather Mallick, Toronto Star
A British journalist's tales of world-wide misery caused by America's blundering response to 9/11.
According to Streatfeild (Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control, 2007, etc.), when the shock and confusion of 9/11 subsided, cynical American leaders seized an opportunity to rearrange the world more to their liking. Relying on erroneous assumptions and their own good intentions, abandoning democratic ideals and the rule of law, America and her allies crafted crude certainties and substituted them for the truth. The author features eight stories designed to show how they made the world decidedly less safe. He begins his parade of disasters with an account of the redneck loser in Texas, who, thinking himself an avenging patriot, shot and killed an immigrant Indian gas station attendant. More horrors followed. To help ensure its own reelection, the Australian government adopted an outrageous lie to demonize a boatload of refugees as terrorists. Believing they were striking Taliban forces, U.S. helicopter gunships strafed a wedding celebration in Afghanistan, killing 48 civilians. With too few soldiers to secure Iraq, the U.S. forces exposed the largest explosives plant in the Middle East to looting. Misidentifying an Egyptian traveler as a member of al-Qaeda, Macedonian border guards arrested the man and permitted the CIA to snatch him; he was subjected to months of incarceration and harsh interrogation before the agency acknowledged the mistake. America also overlooked Uzbekistan's appalling human-rights record in return for access to a vital air base from which to launch strikes on Afghanistan. In Pakistan, the global polio-eradication campaign, tantalizingly close to solution, collapsed because of distrust for and rage against America. A tenacious reporter, Streatfeild packs the narrative with telling detail, instructive interviews and dramatic events, but he reaches conclusions too sweeping. Surely, for example, incidents of good-ol'-boy racism or Muslim paranoia cannot be wholly ascribed to the War on Terror, no matter how clumsily waged.
Colorfully reported, not so carefully reasoned.
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Dominic Streatfeild is the author of Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography and Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control, which was shortlisted forthe Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in the UK with his family.
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