Boomerang!: How Our Covert Wars Have Created Enemies Across the Middle East and Bring Terror to America

Boomerang!: How Our Covert Wars Have Created Enemies Across the Middle East and Bring Terror to America

by Mark Zepezauer


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ISBN-13: 9781567512229
Publisher: Common Courage Press
Publication date: 11/01/2002
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Commitment to Creating Hell on Earthvi
Part IEnemy States
1.Iran: Equal and Opposite Reaction2
2.Iraq: We Think It's Worth It12
3.Syria: A Wicked Sense of Humor22
4.Sudan: They Come and Take Our Oil30
5.Libya: Whose Side Are You On?39
Part IIAllied States
6.Lebanon: Like Paris With Craters51
7.Jordan: King of the Tightrope Artists60
8.Egypt: Paying for Peace67
9.Palestine: No Peace Without Justice76
10.Turkey: Military Rules101
11.Saudi Arabia: The Family That Reigns Together109
Part IIIFrontline States
12.Pakistan: Fair Weather Allies120
13.Afghanistan: Proxy Wars, Proxy Victims132
14.Caspian Region: Previews of Coming Attractions150
Afterword: Ending the Killings Abroad--and Avoiding New Ones at Home174
About the Author246

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Boomerang!: How Our Covert Wars Have Created Enemies Across the Middle East and Bring Terror to America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a country-by-country chronicle of how American covert wars throughout the Middle East have come back to haunt us, creating many enemies.Saddam Hussein¿s rise to power was helped by a CIA decision to assassinate one of his predecessors, General Abdel Karim Qassim. In Syria, the CIA sponsored a 1949 military takeover, the first of over a dozen coups in the next 20 years. American oil companies felt that an independent Syria was not in their interests. Sudan has been involved, off and on, in a bloody civil war for almost 50 years. Oil just happens to be a factor in this ongoing slaughter.In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak has ruled with an iron fist ever since the 1982 assassination of Anwar Sadat, his predecessor. Mubarak uses billions of dollars in US military aid to beat and torture opposition politicians and journalists, many of whom have died in custody. Press restrictions are widespread. Egypt is viewed as a well-bribed client state of the US. The military in Turkey, a US ally and fellow member of NATO, has been one of the biggest human rights abusers of the 1990s.America has always looked for a surrogate policeman in the Persian Gulf, to keep an eye on the huge oil reserves. First we armed the Shah of Iran, ignoring his repression, until he was overthrown. The we armed Iraq, ignoring Saddam Hussein¿s repression, until he became too powerful, and a major war was needed to destroy his arsenal. Now America is arming Saudi Arabia, ignoring their repression, creating a generation of militants determined to overthrow the puppet regime propped up with American money.Part of the blame for all this can be laid at the feet of Great Britain. They were the dominant power for much of the first half of the 20th century, and they had a tendency to ignore the ethnic makeup of an area while drawing boundaries.Arab hatred of America has less to do with our freedoms and diversity than with our illegal involvement in other country¿s internal affairs. This book easily reaches the level of Must Read. It¿s interesting and easy to read and it¿s full of information that won¿t be mentioned in the mainstream media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that give you a sense of how the majority of the world views what the US stands for throughout the globe, and its not pretty. Its well written and informed enough for most academia and intellectuals, activists and foreign policy watchers, BUT its also easy and fun enough to read that young people will also be able to get through it and want more. As great as this book is, the conclusions that an empire can be reformed, especially given the great evidence presented in these pages, is not altogether coherent. Still a great book.