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7/7: The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War

7/7: The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War

by Milan Rai

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 Exposes the links between the bombings and the Iraq war.


 Exposes the links between the bombings and the Iraq war.

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Publishers Weekly
On the anniversary of the July 7, 2005, London subway/bus bombings popularly known as "7/7," peace activist Rai (War Plan Iraq) explores why four young, modestly successful U.K.-born Muslims would massacre fellow citizens by becoming suicide bombers. And did Iraq despite official rejection of a causal link have anything to do with it? Rai grounds his meticulous analysis in newspaper accounts, sociological research, the literature on brainwashing, survivors' accounts and the video confession of lead bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan. With sober, conscientious detail, he argues that the men's callous violence and moral delusion were rooted less in al-Qaeda brainwashing than in disaffection and "humiliation" felt for the suffering of Muslim people worldwide at the hands of Western powers or their proxies, particularly in Iraq. This, Rai argues, is central to the proper explanation for their actions, which Blair's administration has resisted, at least publicly. Pointing to leaked internal documents, however, Rai asserts that the British government actually believes that U.S./U.K. aggression in Iraq has increased the threat of domestic terrorism. Though Rai's openly anti-imperialist bias leads predictably to a call for withdrawal from Iraq and paying reparations, he marshals a persuasive amount of grassroots, expert and government opinion spanning the political spectrum in making his case. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

'This book inspired me and other survivors of July 7th. Understanding what happened and why is essential for healing and allows us to move forward. I urge all those committed to hope, healing and peaceful resolution of conflict to read what Milan has written.'
---Rachel North, writer and 7/7 survivor

'A penetrating and timely analysis that deserves the attention of all sides.'
---Ziauddin Sardar, journalist and author of 'What Do Muslims Believe?' and 'Why Do People Hate America?'

'Powerful, persuasive and very readable. Seeking the real explanation for [the July bombings, Rai] completely destroys the illusion that they had nothing to do with aggression against Iraq. ... This is a book that everyone with a serious interest in the crisis we face must read if they hope to understand it, its causes, its effects, and how we might resolve it.'
---Tony Benn

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Pluto Press
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Meet the Author

Milan Rai founded the British branch of Voices in the Wilderness and co-founded the anti-war group ARROW, a London-based direct action and anti-war information group. His two previous books are War Plan Iraq and Chomsky's Politics. In 1993 he was awarded the Frank Cousins Peace Award for Research by the Transport and General Workers' Union.

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