Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror

Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror

by Gilbert Achcar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1583670955

ISBN-13: 9781583670958

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

The route to any coherent understanding of our time runs through the issues addressed in this collection of essays: the political meaning of Islam, the relation of the West to the Islamic world, the new form of imperialism signaled by the Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan, the intractable conflict over Palestine. In confronting these inescapable issues

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The route to any coherent understanding of our time runs through the issues addressed in this collection of essays: the political meaning of Islam, the relation of the West to the Islamic world, the new form of imperialism signaled by the Soviet and U.S. occupations of Afghanistan, the intractable conflict over Palestine. In confronting these inescapable issues, global power is being reshaped and the ends for which it will be used are being decided.

This volume brings together Gilbert Achcar's major writings on these issues over the past decades. The essays collected in Eastern Cauldron describe and explain the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism, the fate of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and its aftermath, and above all the Palestinian conflict—in which the regional stakes are so dramatically embodied and contested. Achcar analyzes the social bases, strategies and tactics of PLO, Hezbollah, Israel and the United States from the establishment of the state of Israel to the second Intifada. He pinpoints the contradictions of the Israeli state—seeking at the same time to be Jewish and yet democratic—and the impact of these contradictions on all parties to the conflict.

Eastern Cauldron is primarily aimed at producing a better understanding of the conflicts of the region. Achcar's work is informed by strong moral and political commitments but is never limited to polemic. His work demonstrates the immense capacities of Marxism to illuminate economic, political, and ideological developments without losing sight of their concrete singularity and their complex interconnection. His analyses are supple and inventive, and consistently informed by reflection on rival traditions of political thought and a deep knowledge of the region.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583670958
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Introduction : U.S. imperial strategy in the Middle East9
Pt. IThe resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism47
1Eleven theses on the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism48
2The swan song of Khomeini's revolution60
3The Arab despotic exception69
Pt. IIAfghanistan : Quagmire of the great powers75
4On the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan76
5Afghanistan : balance sheet of a war79
6The agreement on Soviet withdrawal98
7The "Lebanonization" of Afghanistan112
Pt. IIIPalestine : from one Intifada to the next115
8The Palestinian uprising116
9The uprising's fourth month124
10Where is the PLO going? : the long march... backwards129
11Where is the PLO going? : the state, the PLO, and the Palestinian left154
12The dynamic of the Intifada175
13The Washington accords : a retreat under pressure189
14Zionism and peace : from the Allon plan to the Washington accords205
15Hezbollah's victory223
16Israel's military onslaught and U.S. interests in the Middle East228
Pt. IVIraq : from one war to the next233
17The long tragedy of the Iraqi people234
18Operation oil : why the United States wants a war242
19The empire prepares to strike247
20Washington and London's problems have only just begun252
21The war in Iraq and the establishment of a "new imperial order"254
22Letter to a slightly depressed antiwar activist258
Notes265
Index280

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