The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy 1st Edition
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All that said, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK to anyone interested in learning the true context by which to view and make sense of the "current global terror" situation. Clinging desperately to doctrines of "Full Spectrum Dominance" and "Sole Global Hegemony", an inevitably declining Anglo-American power structure resorts to unthinkable and unfortunately ill-considered methods to extend its raison d'etre.
Not a cute bedtime story - the subject is justifiably disturbing, and I am into my second read of this informative work.
His story begins with the roots of Islamic rage and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood under Al-Banna in the aftermath of World War 1, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain's perfidy in the Sykes-Picot agreement, and the Balfour Declaration. It continues with the Muslim Brothers' participation in Hitler's" Holy War" against the Jews under the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
In 1979 President Carter's National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the USSR in Afghanistan, and since then the CIA has used them to fight proxy wars for the USA in the Balkans, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, China, and to establish a new Ottoman Caliphate in Eurasia through the work of Fetullah Gulen. Now the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in Syria and Iraq in the form of ISIS.
America is indeed the lost hegemon. Anyone who reads this book and also William Engdahl's Full Spectrum Dominance will understand how and why America is now engaged in a new Cold War.
This book follows the CIA and the Elites that have their investments in the Energy and Military Industrial Complex arenas from the time right after WW1 up through 2015. It shows that they have used Religion to foment hatred between the majority-Islamic States of the World and the West so that the West has had a "reason" (many fabricated) to go in and devastate these Countries that are rich in natural gas, oil reserves, and other highly desirable natural resources . It also shows how the CIA has used the production (particularly in Afghanistan) and CIA-transportation of drugs (particularly, heroin) as well as the laundering of drug-money as ways to partially fund their grand plans. The other operating costs are born by you, the tax-payer.
They justify what they do and have done by using the words of the Ancient Greeks: "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." The common man has always been the pawn. This book should really get you upset. It did me.
Every chapter ends with the footnotes references providing sources for the contents of the chapter. And everything is backed up with references so one can easily get more details if interested in doing so. What is most exceptional is how clearly Engdahl provides details on the Muslim Brotherhood and its support by the Saudi family and the CIA that were both interested in fostering its growth and using it to create chaos and civil unrest in countries in the region to prevent any one country from becoming too powerful or any country from becoming a democracy with rights for women.
If anyone really wants to understand the US military failures in the region and come to appreciate the method behind the madness, this is the book to read. The supposed failures of the military were by design with the owners of the multinational corporations wanting only to eliminate any resistance to their control of oil and gas production and transport out of the Middle East, Africa, and the Caspian Basin regions. Strong central governments, and especially ones that are democratic and want to have their people benefit from the extraction of their country's wealth, are anathema to the men and women running these corporations and the CIA has been happy to train and fund the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to keep the area unstable.
The same groups that the CIA trained and the Saudi family funded to destabilize the social democratic government of Afghanistan and along with it the Soviet Union, later were funded by members of the Saudi royal family and hijacked passenger planes on September 11, 2001 and flew them into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. As Chalmers Johnson has written in his books on the subject, this blowback was to be expected. One can wonder as to whether the CIA personnel simply underestimated the destruction that the Saudi hijackers could do with the planes or if they got promotions or gifts from the Saudi for their efforts. It is clear from Engdahl's research that people in the CIA do benefit personally and financially from their special relationships with the Saudi royals and their sponsoring of terrorism around the world.