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About the Author

Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She writes and speaks widely on US wars and foreign policy and is the author of numerous books including, Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Before & After: US Foreign Policy and the War on Terror. She plays a leading role in US and global movements against wars and occupation.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Pr (July 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566560942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566560948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Talking with Iran has made the war profiteers and their servants sad and the rest of the world happy. Perhaps the novel idea of negotiating rather than killing will be carried over to several other parts of the world. Mainstream corporate voices are even raising the idea of talking with ISIS, or at least talking with the nations of the region ISIS is in about ISIS, or at least ceasing to make the ISIS Crisis worse by ignorantly doing everything wrong -- which just might include making friends with Iran in order to fight ISIS together.

"But what about ISIS?" That has been the endless zombie question encountered by all peace activists ever since the propaganda coup of the videos of two U.S. journalist beheadings. And part of the answer has always been: learn where it came from. Phyllis Bennis's new book can help with that job wonderfully. The book is called Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer. Whether you think you understand ISIS or not, I urge you to pick up a copy, or better a box of copies. This is a small book that should be passed out like a vaccine to residents of the enormous camp of refugees from sanity and historicity that we call the United States of America.

Bennis's book is excellent on what to do, although that topic is found in a handful of pages near the end. The focus, however, is on understanding origins and context. If anything, this is overdone, though it's hard to see what the harm could be in people learning a little too much. The book covers Syria, the Arab Spring, Libya, Iran, the United Nations, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other tangentially related topics (I wish she's added a section on the phony reports of ISIS actions in the United States).
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Bennis is a keenly aware and thoroughly informed policy analyst whose knowledge and anti-war viewpoint adds depth and insight to our understanding of U.S. international relations and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Her point of view is an important one to consider when contemplating any kind of intervention overseas. What she does in this wonderfully concise primer on ISIS and the war in Syria is clearly outline the steps that led us to our current position, pointing out opportunities we could have [should have] made different choices in our involvement in the region.

Bennis sheds light on angles of the conflict I had not considered, putting the information together in a way that highlights possible motivations that are at odds with stated government ideals, oil and guns being the most clearly outlined in her spotlight. I had not realized, for instance, that the low price of oil was a motivating factor for Russia and Middle East countries and their involvement in the Syrian crisis, or that Saudi Arabia was trying to pressure Putin to abandon support for the Assad regime by using its own position of dominance in the oil market.

Added to her analysis, however, are scattered digs at U.S. policy that are arguable: the U.S. launched “a few” airstrikes against ISIS around Kobane [Syria] and “eventually” persuaded Turkey to allow a few carefully vetted units of the Peshmerga to cross the border from Iraq to help defend the city. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the time stressed U.S. efforts were focused on bringing a coalition to the table to rebuild the morale and capacity of the Iraqi army…not focusing the plight of Kurdish civilians in Syria. Some folks may think it lamentable that we cannot, like god, manage all things all the time.
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Very few, if any, politician understands the real intracacies of Middle East political dynamics. And there is an excellent reason for that - middle eastern politics is more complicated than you could possibly imagine. Phyllis Bennis' goes into detail in explaining the myriad complexities. In a little over 200 pages she manages to clarify how Arab spring popular rebellions began in each affected country and then how these non-violent movements morphed into religious and secular waponized battles for control. She explains why Sunni attacked Sunni in Iraq and how and why that morphed into ISIS success. She explains how the fighting has torn countries apart not just politically, but also from the human suffering standpoint. Civilian deaths, injuries and dislocations adds to the complexity often by turning the populace against the "good" guys. Drone attacks are a good example of a "good" idea with often very bad outcomes for civilians and ultimately for support for US involvement.

Those advocating US ground troops to fight in the Middle East don't know the full political and religious dynamics of the Middle East. Bennis' book should be mandatory reading for anyone who thinks military conflict can defeat the enemy. An enemy who may be your ally tomorrow as political and strategic alliances may change.
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By Sue on September 28, 2015
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Excellent!
Clear ! Understanding ISIS is written in a manner that is understandable.
Phyllis Bennis explains what is generally considered confusing in a direct precise style that is readable and enlightening!
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