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Hugh Roberts reviews ‘From Deep State to Islamic State’ by Jean-Pierre Filiu, ‘Syrian Notebooks’ by Jonathan Littell, ‘The Rise of Islamic State’ by Patrick Cockburn and ‘Isis’ by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan · LRB 16 July 2015
"The Tunisian revolution was a real revolution not because it toppled Ben Ali, but because it went on to establish a new form of government with real political representation and the rule of law. The hijacking of the Arab uprisings by the Western powers has been effected by their success in substituting for profound change a purely superficial ‘regime change’ that merely means the ejection of a ruler they have never liked (Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad) or have no further use for (Mubarak), and his replacement by someone they approve of. In seeking this change in their own interests, they have repeatedly shown a reckless disregard for the consequences of their policies, from Iraq to Egypt to Libya to Syria."
MiddleEast  politics  Syria  civilWar  history  imperialism  colonialism  state  deepState  ArabSpring  Egypt  Mamluks  NasserAbdel  SadatAnwar  army  borders  Iraq  Lebanon  Israel  Palestine  BaathParty  Jadid  pan-Arabism  Assad  SovietUnion  Iran  stability  Deraa  protest  repression  SyrianNationalCouncil  GhaliounBurhan  rebellion  FreeSyrianArmy  FSA  Turkey  Qatar  SaudiArabia  al-Qaeda  JabhatAl-Nusra  jihadism  sectarianism  USA  UK  intervention  IslamicState  ISIS  Afghanistan  Taliban  caliphate  territory  HusseinSaddam  Tunisia  dctagged  dc:creator=RobertsHugh  LRB  USSR  MubarakHosni  al-NusraFront 
november 2015 by petej
Who are Iraq's Sunni Arabs and What did we Do to them? | Informed Comment
"Sunni Iraqis had been in the 20th century cosmopolitan and often modernists. Many were liberals yearning for democracy. From 1968 they turned to more of a Soviet model, a strongly secular one. They have turned in desperation to rural fundamentalists who want a medieval caliphate only because of the vast reversal in their fortunes resulting from the Bush invasion and occupation, and the unfair policies of the Shiite government, which has turned them from an elite into an underclass. They are capable, trained, educated people. They aren’t going to put up with that, and if turning to al-Qaeda is the only way to avoid that fate, they are often willing now to do it."
Iraq  Sunni  Shia  Islam  religion  history  BaathParty  politics  al-Qaeda  Maliki  ISIS 
june 2014 by petej

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