Middle East Studies
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An Alliance Against Babylon
The U.S., Israel, and Iraq
John K. Cooley
- ISBN: 9780745322827
- Extent: 272pp
- Release Date: 20 Feb 2005
- Size: 230mm x 150mm
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: 1 map
- Category: Middle East Studies
John Cooley uncovered the truth about the west's creation of the extreme forces that attacked the US on 9/11. As an authority on the Middle East, he has been right so often he has few equals. In An Alliance Against Babylon: the US, Israel and Iraq, he breaks the silence on the pivotal role Israel has played in the west's imperial adventure in Iraq: indeed, how the tail in Tel Aviv has so often wagged the dog in Washington. This book is typically Cooley: much needed and brilliant." John Pilger
'A major contribution... John Cooley's face-to-face exchanges with so many of the key personalities who have shaped [the Arab world] give his observations a depth and a vitality that will captivate many people. ... Only someone who has been 'embedded' in the region for almost half a century could catch the nuances of the underlying tragedy that has contributed to the threat we refer to in simplistic terms as 'terrorism'.' Ray Close, former CIA Station Chief in Saudi Arabia
'The Iraq war is unintelligible without the history John Cooley's brave new book provides. The ancient Jewish communities of the Middle East were sacrificed during the 20th century to the selfish games of nationalist politicians and spy/entrepreneurs. British, Americans and Israelis had better read Cooley carefully if they hope to save the Christians and Kurds of Iraq from the deadly consequences of the current intervention.' Brady Kiesling, former US Diplomat in various Arab capitals who resigned in protest against George W. Bush's middle east policy
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 affairs.
Praise for John Cooley's previous book, Unholy Wars:
'The definitive account.' Guardian
'[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection.'Edward W. Said
'Cooley's first-hand familiarity with both the Middle East and Central Asia is nearly unrivaled.' Los Angeles Times Book Review
About The Author
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).