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The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack Paperback – January 15, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›