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Alliance Against Babylon: The US, Israel and Iraq by John K. Cooley

By John K. Cooley

New arguable examine the US-Israel connection by way of the bestselling writer of Unholy Wars Explores the roots of Israel's longstanding enmity with Iraq and its position in final year's warfare Cooley is a big international authority at the heart East lifestyles revenues of Unholy Wars overall over 26,000 copies The ruins of historical Babylon nonetheless stand in Iraq. they're a reminder that ultra-modern clash is just one of many who have engulfed the rustic, and the broader center East, over the centuries. John Cooley, a former correspondent for ABC information and the Christian technology video display, argues that America's new invasion and career of Iraq marks a turning element within the West's dating with the Arab global, and alters the stability of strength in the heart East. He argues that the the most important consider this new improvement is the connection among Israel and the USA. interpreting trendy difficulties from this designated point of view, Cooley covers a wide sweep of background, from biblical Babylonian occasions formerly. He exhibits how US and Israeli pursuits within the center East have been contradictory firstly. He explains how and why the US-Israel alliance progressively advanced. Drawing from unpublished assets, in addition to from John Cooley's own encounters with important gamers comparable to David ben-Gurion, the Shah of Iran, Anwar al-Sadat, King Hussein of Jordan and Saddam Hussein himself, this e-book supplies a uniquely worthwhile point of view at the advanced historical past of Iraq and why it is still on the center of global affairs.

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By the time he and the minder had whisked us to a respectable hotel just off central Baghdad’s Saddoun Street, Adnan told us that he had already arranged meetings for us with the reputedly liberal prime minister, Abdel Rahman Bazzaz. “You’ll find out,” Adnan told us as we took tiny, ritual cups of acid Bedouin coffee from a copper tray in the somewhat threadbare lobby, “The new Iraq is going to surprise you. ” Bazzaz was a shy, personable man, reputedly one of the main ideologues of the Ba’ath Party.

Gifted with a keen sense of the history and politics of his time, he shrewdly anticipated the coming Arab Revolt. As a young officer, Nuri became a military adviser to Sharif Faisal in 1918. He fought with Lawrence and the Arabs northward from Arabia as far as Damascus. When the French colonial army kicked the self-proclaimed “King” Faisal out of Syria, he traveled with Faisal to Baghdad to join the new British-controlled regime. Like a successful player in a game of musical chairs, until his long reign ended with his murder in the1958 revolution Nuri moved between top jobs in the Iraqi kingdom: prime minister, defense minister, sensitive diplomatic posts abroad.

7 There were apparently few competent Iraqi Jewish scholars in the sixteenth century and afterward. This caused the Iraqi Jewish community to address questions on religious subjects to rabbis in Aleppo, Syria. Some Aleppine scholars moved to Baghdad and settled there. However, while the Iraqi Jews were importing scholars, by the late eighteenth century they were exporting the Jewish traders and merchants of Baghdad and Basra. Many emigrated to India. With the consolidation of British control there, a large British-protected Jewish colony gathered in Surat, India.

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