Magazine article New Internationalist

Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam

Magazine article New Internationalist

Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam

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Secret Affairs Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis (Serpent's Tail, ISBN 9781846687631) *** PW www.serpentstail.com

British troops are in Afghanistan, we are told, to forestall terrorist attacks on UK soil. This post hoc justification is one of the many myths about the 'War on Terror' debunked by Mark Curtis's fascinating and timely examination of the British state's collusion with radical Islamic groups.

Curtis argues that the roots of more recent deals and accommodations with extremist groups lie in the Imperial era, when Britain and Russia manoeuvered for power and influence in Central Asia, particularly Afghanistan; a grim strategy referred to as 'The Great Game'. He shows how the installation of puppet rulers and the removal by force of democratically elected ones has shaped the region, and how post-War foreign policy has been consistently bent to the maintenance of control and the expropriation of wealth, most notably oil. …

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