Brutal Truths Fragile Myths: Power Politics and Western Adventurism in the Arab World

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Why has the Arab world failed to achieve the political freedom, social stability, and economic improvement experienced in much of the rest of the world since the end of the Cold War? In Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths, veteran journalist Mark Huband argues that few of the region's leaders are capable of initiating the deep political changes necessary to address the challenges confronting them, and that ruling regimes will continue to depend upon repression to stay in power. Such a situation entrenches problems ...

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Why has the Arab world failed to achieve the political freedom, social stability, and economic improvement experienced in much of the rest of the world since the end of the Cold War? In Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths, veteran journalist Mark Huband argues that few of the region's leaders are capable of initiating the deep political changes necessary to address the challenges confronting them, and that ruling regimes will continue to depend upon repression to stay in power. Such a situation entrenches problems instead of solutions, fostering future crises.In this climate, American adventurism, as expressed in its 2003 invasion of Iraq and its refusal to criticize even the worst excesses of Israeli colonialism, are dangerous sparks in perhaps the world's most volatile region. With over a decade of experience as an on-the-ground correspondent in the Middle East and North Africa, Huband probes monarchy and military rule, Arab nationalism, and the challenge presented by Islamist radicals. Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths provides an in-depth portrait of a region that is both resistant to change and in dire need of reform.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813337531
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Huband is an award-winning journalist and former correspondent for The Guardian, The Observer, and The Times. He is currently Security Correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

1 Soldier-kings and potentates : rule and misrule in the Arab world 1
2 Sea breeze, desert wind : culture, identity, and Arabism 35
3 God and the maverick : Osama bin Laden and the Islamist challenge 69
4 By the rivers of Babylon : Arabs, Muslims, and the invasion of Iraq 115
5 Brutal truths, fragile myths : human rights and the legacies of terror 157
6 Roads to Jerusalem : Israel and Palestine 199
7 A crossroads on Arab street : American power and the Middle East 247
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