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Unholy Trinity
Unholy Trinity
by Mark Aarons
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Mar. 2004
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This book really demonstrates Vatican double-standards. On the one hand, the Vatican claims that it did all it could to save Jews from Nazism, but on the other it smuggled 1,000's of Nazi fugitives to South America, Australia and North America after the war (through Bishop Alois Hudal and Father Krunoslav Draganovic).
However, the British and the Americans are also to blame, since they supported the so-called "anti-Communist" guerilla groups in Eastern Europe (in actuality, fascist murderers who's hands were drenched in blood). As for Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) he was a moral coward who never spoke out against Nazi atrocities and even blessed the genocidal maniac, Ante Pavelic of the so-called "Independent State of Croatia" in 1941 and again in 1943, when he knew full well that Pavelic was butchering innocent civilians, Serbs, Jews, Romas, and Communists. Simply put, "undesirable" elements, or "untermenschen" as the Nazis would say.
Well worth the read!


Brutal Friendship: West and the Arab Elite
Brutal Friendship: West and the Arab Elite
by Said K. Aburish
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the West really support democracy and freedom?, 1 Mar. 2004
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Aburish has demonstrated conclusively and eloquently the relationship between the Arab monarchies and the West. The West (especially Bush) constantly blabbers and lies about how he supports "freedom" and "democracy" yet we do not see a glimpse of that in the Middle East. Almost every single country in the Middle East has governments which were installed by the West at the beginning of the 20th century and which all have artificial borders, drawn up by the French and British after the First World War.
It goes like this: the monarchies require Western support and military supplies to stay in power and the West require "friendly" regimes that will supply them with cheap oil and not question their foreign policies. The wishes of the common Arabs do not enter into the equation. There are some very humourous parts to Aburish's book, which provide a nice touch.
So, it appears as if the West are only concerned about "freedom" and "democracy" when they do not conflict with their own interests....


The Rape of Serbia. The British Role in Tito's Grab for Power 1943 - 1944
The Rape of Serbia. The British Role in Tito's Grab for Power 1943 - 1944
by M. Lees
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows how history was distorted after WW2, 23 Feb. 2004
Michael Lees was a British soldier fighting on the side of the Serbian royalist Chetniks from 1943 to 1944. As it is a first-hand account, it gives the book more authority than say, Philip Cohen's "Serbia's Secret War", that demonises the entire Chetnik movement, regardless of the fact that Cohen was born 8 years
after the end of WW2.

Lees was conducting sabotage operations against the Nazis in southern Serbia and describes the Chetniks as warm-hearted and welcoming people. While this is true for Serbs living in this region, Lees does not reserve any criticism for the Chetniks (for example, the massacre of Muslims and Croats by Chetnik formations), indicating bias. Also, apart from acknowledging the valiant Partisan struggle against the Nazis near Mount Durmitor in Montenegro, he minimises Partisan activity to a large degree.
However, he does make a good point in stating that the Partisans also reached agreements with the Nazis during the war when they wanted to fight against the Chetniks. The same goes for the Chetniks in acquiring Nazi help to fight the Partisans.
A very interesting book, which is longer and better than Kirk Ford's "OSS and the Yugoslav Resistance, 1943-1945".
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OSS and the Yugoslav Resistance, 1943-1945 (Texas A & M University Military History (Paperback))
OSS and the Yugoslav Resistance, 1943-1945 (Texas A & M University Military History (Paperback))
by Kirk Jr. Ford
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, 23 Feb. 2004
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I found this book to be reasonably well presented and accurate, even if it is a revisionist book. The author argues that the valor and courage of Tito's Partisans was exaggerated in many instances and demonstrates that Draza Mihailovic's Chetniks in Serbia also resisted the Nazis, although to a less certain extent (for reasons I will not go into here). Unfortunately, due to Tito's successful and highly intelligent propaganda war against the Chetniks, Churchill had stopped supplying the Chetniks with supplies by the end of 1943.
This inevitably led some Chetnik formations to collaborate with the Nazis in fighting against the Partisans in areas considered to be traditionally supportive of the Chetnik movement. Saying this, however, I think that Ford also minimises the success and organisation of the Partisans and criticises them too much in places. Also, there are quite a few points in the book where the text begins to lose its interest, due to the rather bland style in places. I recommend reading this book with an open mind and remembering that it is a revisionist book and certainly biased in favour of one side.


The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
by Iris Chang
Edition: Paperback

9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing book about Japan's horrific past, 22 Feb. 2004
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Chang's book provides us a glimpse of what the Japanese army did to the city of Nanking and its surrounding area. The Japanese army was one of the most brutal and sadistic of WW2, there is no doubt about it. We know that the Japanese considered the Chinese and other Asiatic people "inferior" or "sub-humans", and believed in Japanese racial superiority, much like the Nazis thought of Jews, Romanies and Slavs as "Untermenschen".
While I believe that the atrocities committed at Nanking were more than just "a regrettable and unfortunate result of conventional modern warfare", it is obvious that Chang herself has a deep personal loathing for Japanese people, which could very well effect her judgement. For example, she states that over 300,000 Chinese civilians were murdered in just 6 weeks. I believe it would be extremely difficult to kill such a large number of people in such a short amount of time.

The official statistics for the number of people living in Nanking in January 1938 (the time the massacre took place) was 250,000, so it seems highly unlikely that over 300,000 civilians died. Of course, no doubt Chinese civilians did not die just in the city itself but the number still appears to be an exaggeration. While some Japanese revisionists claim that a mssacre did not occur (it did, and those claiming that it didn't are never going to prove otherwise) and minimise the number (from 10-40,000), I also believe that these numbers are too low.
Whether we are ever going to know the true number is questionable and certainly will stimulate debate for many years to come.


Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
by John K. Cooley
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb analysis of terrorism and American foreign policy, 22 Feb. 2004
Cooley has written an excellent book on how the Al Qaeda network was formed, analysing all regions of the world that have terrorist networks. From the Soviet-Afghan war to the Taliban, everything is covered in this marvellous book. It also shows how the CIA and the ISI (Pakistani Intelligence Agency) aided the mujahideen during their guerilla war against the Russians, only to abandon the Afghan people to the whims of greedy Afghan warlords in 1989 once they had outlived their usefulness and as the USSR began to collapse.
Ironically, bin Laden, the same man who was supplied with Stinger missiles in the 1980's and was considered an ally of the U.S. turned against America, whom he believed was insulting the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina, by stationing thousands of U.S. troops (occupiers, as he believes) in Saudi Arabia.


Four Hours in My Lai: A War Crime and Its Aftermath
Four Hours in My Lai: A War Crime and Its Aftermath
by BILTON
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A history of pure lunacy, 22 Feb. 2004
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What happened on March 16th, 1968 in the village of My Lai, South Vietnam? The soldiers of "Charlie Company" under the command of Captain Ernest Medina went completely mad, that's what. Four hours of bayoneting civilians, raping women, killing children and babies and generally turning the entire village into a living nightmare. Many were even relishing their horrific acts. Between 300 and 400 Vietnamese civilians were slain and not a single U.S. soldier received any kind of sentence for such an act, regardless of the fact that the massacre was well-documented and known to the military courts in the United States.
Only Lieutenant William Calley even went on trial, received a 10 year sentence (if I remember correctly) and served a couple of months and was released. All others were let off because of "lack of evidence". What a farce! Now after something like that, how can victims of U.S. war crimes expect any kind of justice?? Now we all know why America refused to sign up to an international tribunal for war crimes; they simply do not want to tarnish their "good guys" reputation.


Burn This House: The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia
Burn This House: The Making and Unmaking of Yugoslavia
by Jasminka Udovicki
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 22 Feb. 2004
This book on the Yugoslav tragedy is certainly invaluable. As it is written primarily by Muslim, Croat and Serb journalists, I feel it has more authority and objectivity than alot of books written by Western journalists. Everything important you need to know about the war is covered in this book. My only criticism is the fairly one-sided account of the war in Bosnia, where the Muslims are presented as the sole and pretty much only victims of the war. However, during the Muslim-Croat civil war from 1992-1994 war crimes were committed against Croats as well, as we are now finding out in the Hague. War crimes were also committed against Serbs, which are largely omitted in the book.


Unheralded Victory: Who Won the Vietnam War?
Unheralded Victory: Who Won the Vietnam War?
by Mark W. Woodruff
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist history, not terribly convincing, 21 Feb. 2004
Mark Woodruff has attempted to write a revisionist history of the Vietnam War, in which he argues that in fact the U.S. Army won the war comfortably against the Viet Cong and the NVA.
From reading his book, you would think that the Viet Cong did not kill a single U.S. soldier, regardless of the fact that 58,000 American soldiers perished.
Certainly, the U.S. killed far more Viet Cong, NVA and Vietnamese civilians with bombing of villages, using agent orange, napalm, and all that other "good stuff" compared to their enemy, but whether this can be called "a military victory" is highly questionable. Also, according to Woodruff, the My Lai massacre was the only time that U.S. soldiers murdered Vietnamese civilians. Never mind the documentary, eye-witness and other evidence that has been gathered, demonstrating how the U.S. army dropped tons of napalm and agent orange, maiming villagers and causing permanent radioactive damage to their bodies.
I suggest reading a book on Vietnam that looks at the war more objectively because Woodruff is completely biased with his "commies-were-bad-guys,we-were-good-guys" attitude and about Communist propaganda (like the South Vietnamese and Americans didn't have propaganda of their own).


Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide
by Branimir Anzulovic
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Brane, your evidence is just limited and suspect, 17 Feb. 2004
Branimir Anzulovic has attempted to explain the reasons why Serbs pursued their policy of "Greater Serbia" in the 1990's by specifically focusing on the 1389 Battle of Kosovo legend, or "myth" as Anzulovic describes, perpetuated in Serbia's folk songs and poetry.
The problem is that he believes the reason why the Serbs launched their war for a "Greater Serbia" was because they were pi**ed about losing Kosovo and their vast medieval empire 600 years ago, and tried to regain it by aggression against others during the 1990's. While this argument may be plausible to an extent, its not the whole truth. There were many others factors as to why the Serbs went to war e.g. economic difficulties, a belief that they were defending themselves against another genocide (like the 1941-45 in the Independent State of Croatia), media manipulation and other things. These are strangely omitted from Anzulovic's book.
Also, his description of Serbs in the Krajina region of Croatia as being "Serbianised Vlachs" is reminiscent of Noel Malcolm's description of the Serbs as being Vlachs in his book "Bosnia: A Short History" (which is, incidentally, in Anzulovic's bibliography). For those of you who do not know what Vlachs are, they are a nomadic people, originally from Romania, who spread west to countries that are now known as Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. Muslim and Croat nationalists call Serbs "Vlachs" when insulting them (its used as a pejorative term).
Before I wrap up my review, there is one more thing which Anzulovic accuses the Serbs of (or more specifically, Serbia) and that is starting WW1, but he describes it in an accusatory manner. It would be the equivalent of a German writer stating that the German Jews were responsible for (or ignited) WW2 or their own persecution prior to WW2 because they held influential social, political and economic positions in Germany prior to 1939. It would not only be a ludicrous argument but also an extremely offensive one to the victims of the Holocaust.
What Anzulovic has done successfully, however, is to present his book in a far less overt anti-Serbian manner, which could be mistaken for being genuine scholarly research and objectivity if read by someone with little knowledge of the region and peoples.


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