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'[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection.' Edward W. Said 'Cooley's important and timely book examines a strange love affair that went disastrously wrong, the alliance between America and some of the most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam.' Los Angeles Times Book Review 'The devil of John Cooley's unsettling book is in the detail . . . A persuasive argument against one-night stands in international alliances and makes clear that there will be an intolerable price to pay if Islam replaces communism as the next 'Satanic foe"'. Independent on Sunday This completely revised edition examines the events of September 11th 2001, Osama bin Laden's role and the complex working of the Al Qa'ida terror network. This is the classic book on the history of the USA's involvement with Afghanistan that explains the devastating consequences of the alliance between the US government and radical Islam. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the current international crisis. Cooley marshals a wealth of evidence - from the assassination of Sadat, the destabilisation of Algeria and Chechnya and the emergence of the Taliban, to the bombings of the World Trade Center and the US embassies in Africa. He examines the crucial role of Pakistan's military intelligence organisation; uncovers China's involvement and its aftermath; the extent of Saudi financial support; the role of 'America's most wanted man' Osama bin Laden; the BCCI connection; the CIA's cynical promotion of drug traffic in the Golden Crescent; the events in Pakistan since the military coup of October 1999; and, finally, the events of September 11th 2001 and their continuing impact on world affairs.

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John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on 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).



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17 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Dry But Informative 25 avril 2002
Par John G. Hilliard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This author can say more in 5 words then I could say in 50. To say this book is dense and jammed packed with detail may be an understatement. This book is the authors attempt to detail the creation and support of the Afghanistan freedom fighters in the 1980's and how these fighters then went out in the 90's to form the base of the Al - Qaeda terrorist group. The author takes us through the different countries and ways that the Afghani fighters were funded and supported. It then covers the terrorist acts these same fighters have been committing over the last ten years.
We get a very good look at the other nations involved in this issue and how the internal politics of one nation may effect the world. For example the help that China provided the Afghani fighters to keep the Russians busy then turned into an issue for China when those same fighters started working with separatist organizations in Western China. The books main point is that if you use mercenaries to fight a war for you it tends to have far reaching repercussions.
What I did not like about the book was the bone-dry writing. He managed to take an interesting topic and turn it into a story with all the excitement of an economics lecture. This is good stuff, punch it up a bit and get me excited to move to the next page. I also wanted a bit more background or links to other events - we get a blizzard of facts, dates, places etc, but it is not tied together very well. And if you are a nut on typos (you probably would get mad at my typing) then watch out because it does not look like too much editing was done on the text.
If you want more detail on the Afghanistan freedom fighters / CIA funding process during the 1980's I would suggest the book "The Forth World War", a great book written by the head of the French version of the CIA which is quoted a number of times in this book. For a more in-depth look at what happened to the aid the book "The Bear Trap" is also very interesting. If you just want a nice, easy to read overview of UBL then I would suggest "Holy War Inc".
26 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
unholy alliances 20 octobre 2002
Par Chapulina R - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Former President Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize for his Middle East peace efforts. Yet Carter's Central Asian policies were directly responsible for the spawning of international terrorism as we know it now. On Juy 3, 1979, Carter, acting on the recommendation of his National Security Advisor, cold-warrior Zbigniew Brzezinski, began clandestinely supporting Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan. Carter may rue this now. But at the time, he believed Afghani Islamist rebels were simply fellow Believers denied their religious freedom by the "godless" Marxist government in Kabul. Brzezinski knew better. But as he stated in a 1998 interview: "This secret operation was an excellent idea. Its effect was to draw the Russians into the Afghan trap." When the Soviet Army entered Afghanistan in late December 1979, Brzezinski gloated, "Now we can give the USSR its own Vietnam War!" Brzezinski and Carter's CIA Director Adm. Stansfield Turner freely acknowledged that "possible adverse consequences of the anti-communist alliance with Afghan Islamists (and shortly afterward with their radical Muslim allies around the world) -- the growth of a new international terrorist movement and global outreach of Central Asian drug-trafficking -- did not weigh heavily, if at all" in their calculations. Brzezinski, asked later whether he regretted arming and training future terrorists, retorted: "What was more important in world history? The Taliban or the fall of the Soviet empire? A few over-excited Islamists, or the liberation of eastern Europe?" Brzezinski's native Poland was, of course, in eastern Europe... Carter encouraged Islamist incursions into the Central Asian republics of the USSR, ostensibly to foment religious rebellion in those secular Islamic states. As Brzezinski admitted, the US intended to "build bridges to states having a strong Muslim identity." However, the insurgents frequently committed small-scale terrorist acts by planting bombs in crowded markets, bus depots, apartment and government buildings, and through kidnappings and executions. Carter's sincere but misguided religious naivety regarding Islamism was rewarded with the Iranian hostage crisis which ended his chances of a second term.
The Reagan regime continued Carter's Central Asian policy, and began to deploy an army of Muslim zealots from geographically strategic Pakistan and wealthy Saudi Arabia. Jihadists from every corner of the Muslim world were recruited and trained by the CIA and US military Special Forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even at US military bases. Reagan vastly increased funding of mujahedin "holy warriors" who established their own facilities -- later to become terrorist training camps -- in Afghanistan. There, exiled Saudi billionaire Usama bin Laden started his ascent from mujahed commander to international terrorist mastermind. Following the death of Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev implored the UN to intervene and help negociate an end to the Soviet Afghan quagmire. At this, Reagan responded with his infamous exhortation to the mujahedin "Declare holy jihad and go for the victory!" After the Soviet withdrawal, the government of Afghanistan collapsed. The various mujahedin factions began to fight amongst themselves for political supremacy, territory, and opium. The fundamentalist Wahabist Taliban emerged victorious. The so-called northern alliance was (and still is) a loose coalition of warlords and bandits with the motive of personal power, tribal bigotry, and drug profits for its opposition to the Saudi-sponsored Taliban. Moscow regarded the Northern Alliance as the sole barrier between Wahabist extremism and the vulnerable bordering Central Asian states. Russia committed ongoing support to the northern forces, whose leader was, ironically, one of the most notorious CIA-trained rebel operatives during the Soviet Afghan War.
Normally, I am not impressed by right-of-center interpretations of history, because they so frequently attempt to absolve the US of responsibility for disasterous policy. But Cooley has written an honest, unbiased account of the birth and rise of a world-threatening evil. And "Unholy Wars" does not spare recriminations toward any country whose actions contributed to the empowerment of international terrorism. It is a frighteningly eye-opening and timely book. All I can say is, read it now!
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Amazing 6 novembre 2002
Par James R. White - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
At a friend's advice, I read this book. It is so full of amazing history and facts, I highlighted so many passeges, some pages are yellow! This book has information about every Middle East and Central Asia conflict, and the amazing thing is that many of the ones who are our enemy now are the ones we supported with arms and money! I had forgotten that we supported Saddam and Osama, and even the Taliban. All the terrorism you see in the news today: Sept 11, Iraq, Chechnyans, el Quaida, Bali. Do you want to know how how and why it happened, how we contributed, and how we could have prevented it? This is a difficult book to read. Not only because it is packed with facts, but because it can give you nightmares!
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Everything You Wanted to Know About Afghanistan 12 avril 2002
Par Kenneth R. Kahn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
After September 11th, the American left was caught off balance.
For the first time, we were facing the prospect of protesting
American military intervention based on an attack on American
soil.
The warmongers quickly seized the high ground with all the trappings of phony patriotism. Overnight, the nation was covered with wall-to-wall flags. Dissent died daring not to raise its head.
Yet, like the beginnings of the Vietnam protest, the resurgence
of the left must begin with information. Freely admitting to an
absymal ignorance of the situation in Afghanistan, I inherently
knew from past experience with the U.S. Government that Bush and Company could not be trusted to give a truthful account of events except to engage in spin doctoring.
"Unholy Wars" places September 11th into its proper place in the time and space continuum of American history. Based on the well-founded principle of blowback, as described in Chalmers Johnson's excellent work, the vents of September 11th have brought home the activities of the CIA in the Middle East and how the arming of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet invasion of 1979 has now come home to roost in a permanent and never-ending "war on terrorism."
Certainly, the domestic portion of the ground war at home comes now in the form of a war on the civil liberties of Americans under the guise of a "war on terrorists" (nevermind that these same 'terrorists' were equipped and trained by the CIA).
Under the current thinking, the only view of post September 11th events comes from the corporate media and its sycophants in the entertainment industry, such as "Sir" Paul McCartney. As a musician, I am certain that John lennon must be spinning in his grave watching Sir Paul play the straight he said he was in "How Can You Sleep."
Cooley's book is jam packed with enormous detail presenting the Middle Eastern situation in context and perspective for the reader. Each nation, like the pieces of a puzzle, plays its part reflecting its internal politics and how the U.S. government meddles, interferes and generally screws up in the Middle East. Let's hope well all don't pay the price for their intereference and incompetence.
"Unholy Wars" is the story of a tragi accident happening before our eyes. An accident that we can only stand and watch. An accident caused by the CIA and the intereference of the U.S. Government.
"Unholy Wars" equips the reader with detailed information about the origins of the situation in Afgahnistan. As the corporate media remains focused upon the tragedy of September 11th and catapaults that tragedy into blind patriotism, Americans need more than ever to educate themselves to the realities of the Afghan situation, the Middle East situation and to see beyond the false and phony patriotism of American riding around in their gas guzzling cars (powered by oil from the Middle East)with flags waving. While Bush and Company, like Reagan before him, refuses to develop a national energy policy, refuses conservation, and continues to think that the energy dependence of Americans can be cured by drilling in the Artic, or some other foolishness.
"Unholy Wars" is a tough read, small, detailed and intense print. Yet, it is worth the effort to get beyond the phony, artificial "patriotism" infecting Americans as the American military searches the endless mountains and caves of Afghanistan for Bin Laden, a former CIA operative and veteran of the Afghani wars.
"And when your wounded on Afghan's plain,
and the women come out to cut up what remains,
just roll to your musket and blow out your brains,
and go to your God like a soldier."
Rudyard Kipling
Barrack Ballads
20 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Badly Written, Badly Edited 10 octobre 2001
Par Donald R McGregor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
There's a good book struggling to get out of this mess, but in the end it remained securely chained. It's badly written, badly edited, and riddled with errors that call into question the care and scholarship of the author.
Sentences, paragraphs, and whole chapters start off going one way, then wander off the path and into the forest. The book is riddled with editing errors that place critical dates off by a decade, and enough minor errors exist to call into question whatever fact checking was done. To take a few items at random from one chapter: the Special Operations Command is incorrectly named; a California university is misplaced in Nevada; and critical dates are refered to as 1977 rather than 1987. One would hope that a reporter's book would be more carefully edited, or at least proof-read.
There is some good information there, but I don't know how much to trust it, given the other errors.
The author has an axe to grind with the Reagan administration, which wouldn't be all that bad, if the book had been properly executed. It wasn't.
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