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James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. On December 8 2010 The Club of Mexican Journalists awarded James Petras its prestigious International Journalism Prize for Investigation and Analysis of the News within the global context.

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NATO's War and the Phony "Rebel Uprising” Nothing is more obvious than the fact that the entire war against Libya was in every strategic and material fashion NATO's war. The casting of the rag-tag collection of monarchists, Islamist fundamentalists, London and Washington-based ex-pats and disaffected Gaddafi officials as "rebels” is a pure case of mass media propaganda. From the beginning the 'rebels' depended completely on the military, political, diplomatic and media power of NATO, without which the de facto mercenaries would not have lasted a month, holed up in Benghazi. A detailed analysis of the main features of the conquest of Libya confirms this assault as a NATO war. NATO launched brutal air and sea attacks destroying the Libyan air force, ships, energy depots, tanks, artillery and armories and killed and wounded thousands of soldiers, police and civilian militia fighters. Until NATO's invasion the mercenary 'rebel' ground forces had not advanced beyond Benghazi and could barely 'hold' territory afterwards. The 'rebel' mercenaries 'advanced' only behind the withering round-the-clock air attacks of the NATO offensive. NATO air strikes were responsible for the massive destruction of Libyan civilian and defensive military infrastructure, bombing ports, highways, warehouses, airports, hospitals, electrical and water plants and neighborhood housing, in a war of 'terror' designed to 'turn' the loyalist mass base against the Gaddafi government. The mercenaries did not have popular backing among Libyan civilians, but NATO brutality weakened active opposition against the 'rebel' mercenaries. NATO won key diplomatic support for the invasion by securing UN resolutions, mobilizing their client rulers in the Arab League, procuring US mercenary trained 'legionnaires' from Qatar and the financial backing of the rich rabble in the Gulf. NATO forced 'cohesion' among the feuding clans of self-appointed 'rebel' mercenary leaders via its ("freezing”) seizure of overseas Libyan government assets amounting to billions of dollars. Thus the financing, arming, training and advising by "Special Forces” were all under NATO control. NATO imposed economic sanctions, cutting off Libya's income from oil sales.. NATO ran an intensive propaganda campaign parading the imperial offensive as a "rebel uprising”; disguising the blistering bombardment of a defenseless anti-colonial army as 'humanitarian intervention' in defense of 'pro-democracy civilians'.


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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Clarity Press; 2nd edition, added chapters, double size of first edition edition (January 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985271000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985271008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ludwig Watzal on March 20, 2012
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"Under the Clinton regime, US militarized imperialism in Africa took off", writes James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, in his introductory remarks to his latest book that compiles articles the author has written in recent month. They deal with the Arab Revolt and the belligerent actions taken by the United States and its allies within NATO. This compilation of essays shows the growing militarization of U. S. policy in North Africa and the Gulf and the historic confrontation between the Arab democratic revolution and the imperial backed reactionary satraps in the Middle East.

Military interventions in Africa reached their peak under the "boy-emperor from Crawford, Texas", the George W. Bush`s junior administration. The Pentagon has military ties with 53 African countries. The militarization of Africa was accelerated after 9/11. In 2002, the Bush administration announced that Africa was a "strategic priority in fighting terrorism". Obama's aggressive drone-war strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, his invasion and bombing of Libya is thus a "continuation of a longstanding imperial practice designed to enhance US power via the installation of client regimes, the establishment of military bases and the training and indoctrination of African mercenary forces."

The U. S. Empire has not only a very long tradition of cooperating with right-wing dictatorships in Latin America but also with pro-Western Arab despots ranging from Tunisia through Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority. The U. S. foreign policy has a long tradition of backing dictatorial regimes as long they are able to control and oppress their own people.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on September 28, 2012
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Petras is an author that loves to blame "the Zionists" for all of the world's problems and he wins awards doing it because apparently he's a leftist and leftist anti-Semitism is still acceptable these days. Of course, his theories are based on the stale anti-Imperialist viewpoint of the Middle East that's basically The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order but taking the "other side".

There's really no analysis in his writings. Nor does he actually examine the political forces at play in the region. Instead, he regurgitates the same tired conspiracy theories about how the dictators are heroes of the anti-Zionist, anti-Imperialist revolution and everyone fighting against them is simply deluded or being used by the West. And of course, that means that Israel is behind it because Israel controls the West (at least according to this fool).

If you actually paid attention to the news and read anything abotu Arab Spring then this book will make no sense. Trying to claim that NATO was pushing for Libya when it was the Arab League that begged NATO for intervention is only one of the outright lies that Petras puts into this book. But it almost doesn't matter just how many lies he uses because he's committed to one narrative - that the Arabs are victims of Zionism and they were duped into overthrowing their governments by the opportunistic West and they will now all collapse because of Zionists or lizard people.


This man does not understand uprisings that he is not personally cheering on.
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