This expanded paperback edition includes many new pages on topics that will deeply affect the Middle East and the course of a new American presidential administration. The new coverage offers fresh analysis of the U.S. troop surge, intensifying divisions among Palestinian factions, the deepening crisis in Lebanon, the National Intelligence Estimate’s report on weapons in Iran, and the effect of a new U.S. presidency on the Middle East.
When first published in 2006, this book became the most complete and up-to-date statement on Middle East politics from these two influential analysts. In this new paperback edition Chomsky and Achcar help us understand the latest developments in historical perspective. They take up all the key questions of interest to concerned citizens, including terrorism, fundamentalism, conspiracies, oil, democracy, self-determination, anti-Semitism, and anti-Arab racism, as well as the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the sources of U.S. foreign policy.
This book provides the best readable introduction for all who wish to understand the complex issues related to the Middle East from a perspective dedicated to peace and justice.
- Expert analysis based on many facts not widely reported in U.S. media
- How the continued U.S. occupation undermines democracy and fuels civil strife in Iraq
- Why U.S. ally Saudi Arabia is more oppressive than Iran
- How the worldwide growth of Islamic fundamentalism can be explained
- How U.S. policy actually promotes the proliferation of nuclear weapons
- Constructively looks ahead
- What could a just resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict look like?
- How can democracy be promoted in the Middle East?
- How can the United States better address terrorism and end the "war on terror"?
“During their in-depth and riveting discussion, Chomsky and Achcar review the modern history of the U.S. involvement in the Middle East and discuss many of the nuances that are left out of the sound-bite loving news cycle."
Chapter 1: Terrorism and Conspiracies
The Terrorist Threat
Responding to Terrorism
Saddam Hussein's Invasion of Kuwait
Chapter 2: Fundamentalism and Democracy
The Saudi Kingdom
Democracy in the Middle East
Fundamentalism and Democracy
Democracy Since the Iraq Invasion
Chapter 3: Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Israel, the Israel Lobby, and U.S. Policy
Israel and U.S. Interests
Chapter 4: Wars in the "Greater Middle East"
Responding to 9/11
The United States and Iraq, 2003
Other Major Powers and Iraq
The Current Situation in Iraq
The Iraqi Insurgency
U.S. Policy in Iraq Today
What Should the Antiwar Movement Be Calling For?
Will Withdrawal Lead to Civil War?
The Kurds in Iraq
The Kurds in Turkey
Secession, Self-Determination, and Justice
Chapter 5: The Israel-Palestine Conflict
The Legitimacy of Israel
Palestinian Say in Any Settlement
Going from a Settlement to Lasting Peace
Palestinians Within Israel
The Palestinian Refugees
Efforts to Achieve Peace
The Palestinian View of a Settlement
Zionism and the Palestinians
How Can We Support Justice in Israel/Palestine?
Boycotts, Divestment, and Other Tactics
Anti-Semitism in Western Europe
Anti-Arab Racism and Islamophobia
The Situation in Iraq
Hamas in Power
The Israel-Hezbollah-Lebanon Conflict
The Israel Lobby
The United States and Iran
Confrontation with Hamas and Hezbollah
Postscript: Two More Years of Crisis
The Iraq "Surge"
Lebanon and Israel
The U.S. Elections and Iraq
Israel-Palestine and the United States
About the Authors