Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad

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In the aftermath of 9/11, America has been haunted by one question: why do they hate us? This book is an attempt to answer that question, tracing the roots of the crisis back to American's involvement in the Middle East, and in particular Lebanon. Journalist Lawrence Pintak was a correspondent for CBS in Beirut in the 1980s, where he witnessed the birth of the current 'terror': its tactics were honed there. In Seeds of Hate, he explores how America's flawed policy in the Lebanon transformed Muslim perceptions of ...
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Overview

In the aftermath of 9/11, America has been haunted by one question: why do they hate us? This book is an attempt to answer that question, tracing the roots of the crisis back to American's involvement in the Middle East, and in particular Lebanon. Journalist Lawrence Pintak was a correspondent for CBS in Beirut in the 1980s, where he witnessed the birth of the current 'terror': its tactics were honed there. In Seeds of Hate, he explores how America's flawed policy in the Lebanon transformed Muslim perceptions of the US — from impartial peacekeeper to hated enemy of the Lebanese Muslims. Seeds of Hate is required reading for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how and why the relationship between America and the Middle East is now more volatile than ever. Pintak explores the links between those who carried out the terror war in Lebanon and the current wave of terror, examining in-depth the ongoing — but little publicised — role played by key figures behind the Beirut bombings. He considers how the template for shaping would-be terrorists is being replicated from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia and speaks with victims of the earlier wave of terror. Pintak also explores the differences between terrorism of al-Qa'ida and its allies, and that of Palestinians on the West Bank. 'One of the most perceptive accounts of the nightmare in Lebanon' The Washington Post (reviewing Beirut Outtakes)
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One of the most perceptive accounts of the nightmare in Lebanon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745320434
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Pintak is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 40 countries. As CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, he covered the birth of modern Islamic terrorism in Beirut. He writes frequently on terrorism, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for a variety of publications.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Sect. I Fertile Ground 1
1 The Lebanese Jigsaw 3
2 West Beirut: A City in Chaos 15
3 East Beirut: Shelling and Champagne 39
4 Combatants 51
Sect. II Planting the Seeds 65
5 The Slippery Slope 67
6 Under Fire 98
7 A Village in Revolt 120
8 Choosing Sides 130
9 Victims of War 151
10 The Seeds Sprout 166
11 Spillover 188
12 Taking the Hint 196
Sect. III Whirlwind 205
13 Jihad 207
14 The Unfinished Kitchen 242
15 A Hasty Retreat 255
16 Hostage 263
Sect. IV The Seeds Spread 287
17 Metamorphosis 289
18 Inspiration 311
19 Beirut, Bali and Beyond 321
Acknowledgments 339
Notes and References 341
Index 353
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