Academic journal article Military Review

ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST: A Documentary Reader

Academic journal article Military Review

ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST: A Documentary Reader

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ANTI-AMERICAN TERRORISM AND THE MIDDLE EAST: A Documentary Reader, Barry Rubin and judith CoIp Rubin, Oxford University Press, NY, 2002, 392 pages, $30.00.

For the foreseeable future, the U.S. Army will be tied to radical Islamism as it wages war on fundamentalist terrorism and conducts major civil-military operations in two Islamic states. Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East: A Documentary Reader provides an important reference for officers and other Army leaders working to understand the enemy.

The book begins with a short version of a 2001 article from the Middle East Review of International Affairs (Global Research in International Affairs Center, Herzliya, Israel) in which David Zeidan describes the anger and disillusionment that motivate the modern fundamentalist jihad. Zeidan's search to understand the motivations behind the violence comes from a perspective more critical of radical Islam than that of many intellectuals who unproductively tried to place blame with the United States in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 attacks. This article is followed by firsthand discussions of Islamic fundamentalist tenets dating back to the 1940s, including writings by Hasan Al-Banna, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Sheikh Muhammad Sayyad Tantawi.

Other chapters include information on the revolutionary movement, including charters of Hizballah and Hamas, and the tension between U.S. policy and the Islamic world, which provides a historical perspective on the issues. These chapters include writings by Zbignicw Brzczinksi, Jimmy Carter, and Saddam Hussein.

The book also focuses on writings that relate to the current war on terrorism. …

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