Forever Under Construction

The Story Before The Story

Posted in Books, Middle East, Political Islam, USA by homeyra on March 24, 2007

Robert Dreyfuss : “I wrote Devil’s Game to fill in a gap amid the millions of words that have been written about political Islam and U.S. policy since September 11, 2001.

It’s the story before the story, and it helps answer the question: How did we get into this mess? It’s my contention that part of the answer to that question … is that for half a century the United States and many of its allies saw what I call the “Islamic rightas convenient partners in the Cold War

book-cover.jpgFor those who wonder how it is possible that the United States now supports a regime in Iraq run by hard-core Islamists … For those who worry that Egypt, Syria, Algeria, Pakistan, and other Middle East and South Asia countries could fall to Iran-style Islamic revolution … For those who wonder about the worldwide support system for Osama bin Laden’s movement, at least some of the background about how that system came to be will be found in Devil’s Game.
… in the decades before 9/11, hard-core activists and organizations among Muslim fundamentalists on the far right were often viewed as allies for two reasons, because they were seen a fierce anti-communists and because they opposed secular nationalists

In the 1950s, the United States had an opportunity to side with the nationalists, and indeed many U.S. policymakers did suggest exactly that … But in the end, nationalists in the Third World were seen as wild cards who couldn’t be counted on to join the global alliance against the USSR. Instead, by the end of the 1950s, rather than allying itself with the secular forces of progress in the Middle East and the Arab world, the US found itself in league with Saudi Arabia’s Islamist legions. Choosing Saudi Arabia over Nasser’s Egypt was probably the single biggest mistake the United States has ever made in the Middle East.

A second big mistake … occurred in the 1970s, when, at the height of the Cold War … the United States either supported or acquiesced in the rapid growth of Islamic right in countries from Egypt to Afghanistan. In Egypt, Anwar Sadat brought the Muslim Brotherhood back to Egypt. In Syria, the United States, Israel, and Jordan supported the Muslim Brotherhood in a civil war against Syria … Israel quietly backed Ahmed Yassin and the Muslim Brotherhood in the West Bank and Gaza, leading to the establishment of Hamas.

Still another major mistake was the fantasy that Islam would penetrate the USSR … It led to America’s support for the jihadists in Afghanistan … America’s alliance with the Afghan Islamists long predated the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and had its roots … in the 1960s and in the early and mid-1970s. The Afghan jihad spawned civil war in Afghanistan in the late 1980s, gave rise to the Taliban, and got Osama bin Laden started on building Al Qaeda.

… So what can the United States do now? It can start by not making things worse … read the article

Robert Dreyfuss Homepage & bio
Barnes & Noble


Atlantic Free Press:
Subverting Iran: Washington’s Covert War Inside Iran
By Gregori Elich, author of Strange Liberators
This article provides a description of funded and armed – “supplied and trained” separatist groups, guerrillas & terrorists in present days.


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