An Alliance Against Babylon

An Alliance Against Babylon : The U.S., 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.John Cooley, a former correspondent for ABC News and the Christian Science Monitor, argues that America's 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. He argues that the crucial factor in this new development is the relationship between Israel and the United States. Examining today's problems from this unique perspective, Cooley covers a broad sweep of history, from biblical Babylonian times until now. He shows how US and Israeli interests in the Middle East were contradictory at first. He explains how and why the US-Israel alliance gradually evolved.Drawing from unpublished sources, as well as from John Cooley's personal encounters with principal players such as David ben-Gurion, the Shah of Iran, Anwar al-Sadat, King Hussein of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 gives a uniquely valuable perspective on the complex history of Iraq and why it continues to be at the heart of world more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 158 x 228 x 22mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0745322824
  • 9780745322827
  • 1,786,795

About John K. Cooley

John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa. In 1996 he received the coveted George Polk Memorial Award from Long Island University for a 'distinguished career achievement in international reportage' for more than 40 years of reporting and living in the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of five other books on the Middle East, including Payback: America's Long War in the Middle East (1991) and Libyan Sandstorm: Qaddafi's Revolution (1981).show more

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'The Iraq war is unintelligible without the history John Cooley's brave new book provides' -- Brady Kiesling 'A major contribution to scholarship' -- Ray Close 'Uncovers the truth about the west's creation of the extreme forces that attacked the US on 9/11. Much needed and brilliant' -- John Pilgershow more

Table of contents

1. Iraq and Palestine before 1948 2. The Inter-War Period and Suez (1948-56); the 1967 War 3. Iraq and the Palestinians, 1967-73 4. Israel, the US and the Kurds, 1965-2003 5. The Israeli-American War Partnerships 1990-2003 Epilogue: "Israelisation" of American Policy in The Middle East? Bibliography Indexshow more

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