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Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire
     

Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire

by Reese Erlich
 

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ISBN-10: 0982417136

ISBN-13: 2900982417132

Pub. Date: 09/15/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Drawing on original research and firsthand interviews, Conversations with Terrorists offers critical portraits of six Middle Eastern leaders often labeled as terrorists: Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Hamas top leader Khaled Meshal, Israeli politician Geula Cohen, Iranian Revolutionary Guard founder Mohsen Sazargara, Hezbollah spiritual advisor Grand

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Drawing on original research and firsthand interviews, Conversations with Terrorists offers critical portraits of six Middle Eastern leaders often labeled as terrorists: Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Hamas top leader Khaled Meshal, Israeli politician Geula Cohen, Iranian Revolutionary Guard founder Mohsen Sazargara, Hezbollah spiritual advisor Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah, and former Afghan Radio and Television Ministry head Malamo Nazamy.

Veteran journalist Reese Erlich offers them a chance to explain key issues and to respond to charges leveled by the United States. Critiquing these responses and synthesizing a broad range of material, Erlich shows that yesterday’s terrorist is today’s national leader, and that today’s freedom fighter may become tomorrow’s terrorist. He concludes that the global war on terror has diverted public attention from the war’s real goal—expanding U.S. influence and interests in the Middle East—and offers policy remedies.

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ISBN-13:
2900982417132
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191

Table of Contents

Foreword: An Ex-CIA Perspective Robert Baer vii

1 Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up? 1

2 Hamas's Khaled Meshal: Middle East's Most Wanted 19

3 Geula Cohen: Jewish Terrorist? 41

4 Syria's President Bashar al-Assad: State Sponsor of Terrorism? 57

5 Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Fadlallah: CIA Victim 77

6 Mohsen Sazegara, Terrorist Governments, and Iran's Democracy Movement 93

7 Mohammad Nizami: The Taliban's Golden Voice 113

8 Media Distortions, Obama's Polices, and Ending the War on Terrorism 135

Afterword: Terrorism and Empire Noam Chomsky 151

Notes 155

Index 177

About the Author 185

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