The Head of the Snake : The Isis Assault on Martha's Vineyard
Ever since 1993 when President Bill Clinton first spent his Summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been fascinated by the United States' willingness to have such a concentration of the nation's power elite, both governmental and otherwise, concentrated on this one-hundred square mile island in the Atlantic Ocean. It created such a perfect target for terrorists wanting to destabilize both the Administration and the nation as a whole. By August of 2015 al-Baghdadi was the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, more colloquially known as ISIS. Seeking political legitimacy and global recognition, the President of the United States offered the key to obtaining both. By forcing him to listen to the rationale for granting the new Caliphate full political recognition and, in the process, the latitude to consolidate lands once within the Muslim world's domain as part of the new Caliphate's sovereign territory, al-Baghdadi hoped to return the Islamic realm to its glory days of old. The time was now, and Martha's Vineyard offered a site for negotiation far from the distractions of Washington. What al-Baghdadi had to do was gain the undivided attention of the President and make him an offer which he could not refuse. To do so he was holding Israel hostage pending the outcome of the negotiations, giving the President no alternative but to see the Middle East in the same light as did he and his followers.
- Paperback | 244 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.49mm | 426.37g
- 05 Jan 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Chris Knowles
Chris Knowles was born and reared in Washington, DC. After studying Engineering at Virginia and Economics in The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, Chris enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He served as an analyst in Military Intelligence, focusing upon Southeast Asia, the Sino-Soviet border and the Middle East. After the war, Chris earned his Bachelor's degree from Nebraska and his Master of Public Administration degree from Drake while serving as a Graduate Fellow. After a 30-year career as a healthcare executive, he retired in 2014. Chris now lives and writes on Martha's Vineyard.