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The Syria Dilemma (Boston Review Books) Hardcover – September 13, 2013
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Here is all the material that readers will need to join the argument about intervention in Syria -- which is turning out to be one of the most important political arguments of our time.(Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; author of Just and Unjust Wars and Arguing About War)
Whether you support or oppose military intervention, The Syria Dilemma highlights the ethical and moral dilemmas at the heart of the Syrian conflict. The editors have done an excellent job in collecting critical contributions by prominent scholars and foreign policy analysts. This book raises the moral level of debate on Syria. It is a must read.(Fawaz A. Gerges, Director of the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics; author of Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?)
Wide-ranging and timely, this volume is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the Syrian tragedy, its significance, and the options available to the United States and the rest of the international community.(James L. Gelvin, Professor of History, UCLA; author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire)
About the Author
Nader Hashemi is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of MiddleEast and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel Schoolof International Studies. He is the author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies. He is co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future.
Danny Postel is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies and is the author of Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran. He is co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future.
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Wrong and the hint is in the book’s title of The Syrian Dilemma. The contributors who include such luminaries as Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, a clutch of essentially right-wing academics and a few Syrians heading up phantom organisations make the same general description and prescription. The fault is all Assad’s and the solution is the same one which plunged Libya into the American-made abyss. Massive destabilisation, massive bombing of Syrian military and civilian positions, massive humanitarian corridors to allow the West’s mercenaries ease of access and that is about it. These were the very same demands Human Rights Watch propounded at the time of the Ghouta false flag chemical attack and it is also what this book proposes in 20 of its 21 dreary chapters. Bomb the Syrians, massacre the minorities, install a puppet government and get the hell out of the way when the demonic exercise goes pear-shaped.
Though we have seen it all before, we have not quite seen MIT or equivalent institutions prostitute themselves to the Pentagon so tackily for quite some time. The book is a fig-leaf for the Pentagon, a pathetic academic attempt to give the arms industry the moral green light to kill more Syrians. It is devoid both of analysis and of academic rigour. Because it includes pieces by partisan and non-academic Syrian rebel apologists, it also lacks academic credibility. We can only hope MIT and the book’s joint editors were paid well for prostituting whatever their standards they have.