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War, Al Qaeda and the West
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
A thoroughly researched, but ultimately an overly long piece of writing that didn't add a lot of new information to this reader. It did, however, make this reader make a copy of the region of Afghanistan (Kabul, Kandahar & Herat), India and northern Pakistan (Islamabad, Peshawar & Quetta) and was able to pinpoint exactly where the author was referring too. Having been to some of those places, many years ago, and was able to avoid any violence in the area at that time. It also made for some very disturbing reading. This reader did avoid going to Afghanistan, (because it has always been too dangerous) but reading about the terrible violence that has swept through central Asia, it made this reader very sad.
It encompassed many Presidential administrations: Carter, Bush Sr, Clinton and Bush Jr and illustrated the web of intelligence that flowed from various agencies in each area leading up to 9-11 and the rise of Al-Qaeda. It should be remembered that Al Qaeda is an ideology, an extremist one, but an ideology nonetheless, and is not found just in Afghanistan, Sudan or Somali, but in over SIXTY countries around the world. The way to curb Al Qaeda is through education, peace and allowing people to believe that the West is not out to kill all Muslims or Arabs, but instead believing that we can all live together as one ~ regardless of our faith, our skin colour or what we wear. We should be able to live together through education, through peaceful ways and by being able to talk with one another. War, on the other hand, doesn't help bring people together. War and military intervention divides people because if the West (the USA, CIA or JSOC, British forces and their kill squads) can kill my mother, my sister, my brother or my friend, why would I want to be friends with the West? Why, indeed?
Some other references about conflicts in the Middle East & Central Asia (including Iraq & Afghan.) include:
1. Chapter 5,'Liberating Afghanistan'. From, “Freedom Next Time”, John Pilger. 2007. (Afghanistan).
2.’ The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq’, Emma Sky, 2016. (Iraq).
3. “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War through Afghan Eyes”, Anand Gopal. 2015. (Afghanistan).
4. “Tell Me No Lies”, John Pilger. 677 pages. Particularly, ‘Complicity in a Million Deaths', Mark Curtis. 'Reporting the Truth about Iraq': Articles by Felicity Arbuthnot, Joy Gordon, Richard Norton-Taylor, Jo Wilding, Edward W. Said and Robert Fisk. 2011. (Iraq).
5. “The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East”, Fisk. 2005. (The Middle East).
6. “Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington sold our Soul for Saudi Crude”, Robert Baer. (Saudi Arabia).
7’. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10’, Steve Coll. 2001. (Pakistan).
8.’ The Hooligans of Kandahar: Not All War Stories are Heroic’, Joseph Kassabian. 2017. p. 258. (Afghan).
9. “Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army”, Jeremy Scahill. 2007. (Afghan.).
10. “The Looming Tower”, Lawerence Wright. (The USA & The Middle East). 2007.