From Friday Prayers in Tehran to the Bombed-Out back streets of Afghanistan, veteran journalist Reese Erlich has covered U.S. foreign policy for decades. Now he brings readers face to face with six Middle Eastern leaders sometimes labeled as terrorists, offers each a chance to explain his or her positions, and subjects those explanations to critical scrutiny. Drawing on firsthand interviews and original research, he shows that yesterday's terrorist is often today's national leader-and that today's freedom fighter may become tomorrow's terrorist. By labeling virtually every opponent a terrorist, Erlich concludes, the United States makes fighting real terrorists all the more difficult.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Reese Erlich’s publications include Dateline Havana, The Iran Agenda, and Target Iraq, which he co-authored with Norman Solomon (introduction by Howard Zinn and afterword by Sean Penn). He reports regularly for National Public Radio, Latino USA, Radio Deutche Welle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. In 2001, he produced a one-hour radio documentary, “The Struggle for Iran,” which was hosted by Walter Cronkite.
Table of Contents
Foreword: An Ex-CIA Perspective Robert Baer vii
1 Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up? 1
2 Hamas's Khaled Meshal: Middle East's Most Wanted 19
3 Geula Cohen: Jewish Terrorist? 41
4 Syria's President Bashar al-Assad: State Sponsor of Terrorism? 57
5 Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Fadlallah: CIA Victim 77
6 Mohsen Sazegara, Terrorist Governments, and Iran's Democracy Movement 93
7 Mohammad Nizami: The Taliban's Golden Voice 113
8 Media Distortions, Obama's Polices, and Ending the War on Terrorism 135
Afterword: Terrorism and Empire Noam Chomsky 151
About the Author 185
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. Lots of vitriol here for the US government. Some, or maybe even a lot, of this could be warranted: we have some uncomfortable facts to reckon with in our past and present.That said, the book was so strongly written that I couldn't finish it. Give me a more level-headed critique and I'd be happy to wrestle with its arguments.