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5.0 out of 5 stars U. S. Empire against democracy in the Arab world
"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...
Published on March 20, 2012 by Dr. Ludwig Watzal

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1.0 out of 5 stars Lies Lies and Conspirachy theories
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...
Published on September 28, 2012 by Tim Lieder


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5.0 out of 5 stars U. S. Empire against democracy in the Arab world, March 20, 2012
This review is from: The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack (Paperback)
"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. Obama's political dipsy-doodle during the revolt against Hosni Mubarak was due to Washington's would be loss of credibility towards other client-regimes and to the highly influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC and their backers in the U. S. Congress that saw in the Mubarak regime an important asset for the State of Israel.

The author debunks the belief held by the political left ("progressives") and right (imperialists) that so-called humanitarian intervention is about "saving civilian lives in the face of genocide" or that the Euro-U. S. intervention is "all about oil". Petras argues that the main driving force behind U. S.-led imperial expansion is not economically but militarily motivated. Gaddafi had to go because he "did not become a strategic geo-political-military asset of the empire". The drive for world domination by the U. S. Empire is not primarily done by economic means or by mere political ones. They "vary according to the particular conditions necessary for empire building". The U. S.-NATO-led imperial counterattack against the democratic movements and the remodeling of the Arab world is already in full swing as the Saudi backed invasion in Bahrain, the instigated civil war in Syria and the planned attack on Iran's nuclear facilities show. The "naked aggression" has heightened other nations' security concerns.

Concluding his analysis, the author evaluates the future of the "Washington/Moderate Islam Alliance". In certain political parameters the "Islamists" can operate as long as they fight secular nationalists and anti-imperialist regimes like those of Libya or Syria. This Islamist-Imperialist has a common enemy, namely seculars and nationalists. The alliance might be temporary as long as its suits the West. After the militant Muslims are defeated "moderate Islamists" find themselves being attacked by the colonial liberal regime most favorable to the empire, like in Afghanistan.

Petras shows that U. S. imperialism and neo-colonialism exist separately from the interests of particular states. That is why Israel plays only a very marginal role in this book, although in other books he emphasizes that U. S. foreign policy is mainly dominated by Israel and its Zionist lobby. The book gives farsighted insides in the deadly policy of the U. S. Empire. An interesting book to read.

Dr. Ludwig Watzal works as a journalist and editor in Bonn, Germany.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lies Lies and Conspirachy theories, September 28, 2012
This review is from: The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack (Paperback)
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.

Whatever.

This man does not understand uprisings that he is not personally cheering on. If the uprisings are against the anti-Imperialist "heroes" that he loves then he will do all he can to change the history and the facts to suit his purposes. Lies, half-truths and outright shrieking characterize these kinds of books and Petras is one of the most blatant liars in the dictator apologists.

Of course, by defending Qaddafi as an innocent who was probably framed, he shows his hand in the supposed Zionist controversy. He doesn't care about Muslims or Arabs as people. He only cares about them as tools to support his anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. As long as they are suffering in occupied territories of Israel he is going to praise them to the skies. But the second they take their own nations back from dictators (and could possible be pro-Western and want Western things like democracy) he ignores them and justifies their murders.

This is a rotten book by a rotten individual who only wants to find more Jew haters.
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