An Alliance Against Babylon

An Alliance Against Babylon : The US, Israel and Iraq

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The ruins of ancient Babylon still stand in Iraq. They are a reminder that today's conflict is only one of many that have engulfed the country, and the wider Middle East, over the centuries. This book argues that America new invasion and occupation of Iraq marks a turning point in the West's relationship with the Arab world, and alters the balance of power within the Middle East itself. Bestselling author John Cooley, a former correspondent for ABC News, paints a vivid picture of Iraq's pivotal role in the Arab world. Many books have examined the conflicts between the United States and Iraq, but they ignore an important factor: the role played by Israel. John Cooley is the first author to examine in depth the relationship between Iraq, Israel and the United States. Spanning a broad swathe of history, he starts with the biblical story of the Jews' Babylonian captivity, and how the Muslims, Jews and other peoples in the three Turkish provinces of Mesopotamia morphed into today's Iraq. He shows how the twentieth century's two World Wars fundamentally changed the Middle East, and explains how US and Israeli interests seemed contradictory at first, but how their gradual convergence did much to cement the US-Israeli alliance of today. Drawing from unpublished sources, as well as from John Cooley's personal encounters with principal players such as David ben-Gurion, the Shah of Iran, Anwar al-Sadat, King Hussein of Jordan and Saddam Hussein himself, this book is a uniquely valuable account of the complex history of this troubled country and why it continues to be at the heart of world affairs.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 0745322816
  • 9780745322810

Table of contents

Part One - Iraq and Palestine before 1948; Part Two - The Inter-War Period and Suez (1948-56); the 1967 War; Part Three - Iraq and the Palestinians, 1967-73; Part Four - Israel, the US and the Kurds, 1965-2003; Part Five - The Israeli-American War Partnerships 1990-2003; Epilogue - "Israelization" of American Policy in The Middle East?show more

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"John Cooley's understanding of the Middle East is almost second to none." John Pilger "A major contribution... John Cooley's face-to-face exchanges with so many of the key personalities who have shaped [the Arab world] give his observations a depth and a vitality that will captivate many people... Only someone who has been 'embedded' in the region for almost half a century could catch the nuances of the underlying tragedy that has contributed to the threat we refer to in simplistic terms as 'terrorism'." Ray Close"show more

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