Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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As much of history is appropriated by the media and we are beckoned into an era of endless war, this superb book could not be more timely. Sensational in the best sense, it examines the darkest corners of the imperial past to reveal the truth behind today's news (John Pilger)
This latest contribution to the remarkable record of post-World War II British foreign policy that Mark Curtis has been compiling presents often startling and deeply disturbing evidence about how, in an effort to preserve
declining influence in the world's oil-producing regions, the government has lent frequent and critical support to the states that have been the primary sponsors of radical Islam and the terrorism that it spawns, and even to the
groups that have emerged. Unearthing this largely hidden history is a contribution of the highest significance, and could hardly be more timely.(Noam Chomsky)
This valuable and important book by Mark Curtis, the result of painstaking and extensive research into declassified files on British policy towards the Islamic world over the last half century, presents a far more accurate and balanced picture than the shallow simplicities fed by Bush?s so-called war on terror.
It shows in extensive detail how Britain and the US have repeatedly sided with radical Islamic forces in the Middle East and elsewhere as counterweights to check the rise of nationalism, as shock troops to bring about pro-Western regime change, and as proxies to fight wars against the West?s enemies. There is no war between civilizations (Bush), no Manichaean struggle between the good and evil forces of Islam (Blair), rather the ever-present serpentine thread of shifting alliances to maintain British control of key energy resources and Britain?s place in a pro-Western global financial order centred on Saudi Arabia.
This is a fascinating account which can change outlooks and deepen comprehension of a hugely misunderstood drama, and it should be compelling reading before any further Middle East wars are set in train.(Michael Meacher, MP)
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Curtis presents clear evidence that throughout its post-colonial history, beginning even as far back as the 1920s, British governments and Civil Service have exploited Islam and Islamic fundamentalism for its own (obscure) purposes - from the establishment of the Saudi kingdom; the division of India in 1948 to create the strategically useful Muslim state of Pakistan; to the support of the Muslim Brotherhood during Nasser's control over Egypt; to the backing of both sides during the Israeli-Palestinian wars; to the active support of terrorists (including Bin Laden) during the Afghan-Russian war; to the support of KLA and other terrorists during the Bosnian and Kosovan wars. Even after the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, Britain continued to harbour known terrorists on its shores, giving them a safe-haven from American, French and other prosecutors.Read more ›
Britain is allied with the two major sponsors of Islamist terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia funded Al Qa'ida and Pakistan funded the 7/7 bombers. As the interim report of the 9/11 Commission said, "Pakistan, not Iraq, was a patron of terrorism."
Britain was the second largest investor in Pakistan, which received Britain's third largest aid programme in Asia. By 2001, 900 British citizens were visiting Kashmir for military training every year.
London is a base for many jihadist groups including Algeria's Armed Islamic Group, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and Osama bin Laden's front, the Advice and Reformation Committee. After 9/11, the Terrorism Act made it an offence to send someone abroad for terrorist training, yet Abu Hamza wasn't touched for years.
In 2004, MI5 heard the London bombers `talking about jihadi activity in Pakistan and support for the Taliban', but as they weren't talking about terrorist attacks in Britain, MI5 left them alone. Britain, like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, tries to get its own terrorists to attack only targets abroad.
In April 2005, three months before the London bombings, the Joint Intelligence Committee said that the war in Iraq `has exacerbated the threat from international terrorism'. The bombings stemmed from the terrorist bases set up by the Pakistani state, backed by the British state. British governments accuse Iran of what Saudi Arabia and Pakistan do - backing and training terrorists.
The war in Afghanistan in the 1980s was Britain's biggest covert operation since 1945.Read more ›
Read this book to understand what our governments real policy is so we can start to hold them to account to stop this madness.
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A must read not only for the Brits but curious minds around the world.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is very factual and very frightening a really good readPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Must read for everyone, specially Muslims, Arab and left wings thinkers and activests.Published 3 months ago by Mirfat H. Sulaiman
This is a book that all British people needs to read. Having done so, you'll then discover just how treacherous our politicians can be. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jake
I am half way through this extraordinary book. For long I have been more than aware of how UK politicians have cow-towed to those in power in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain etc, selling... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pierre
With anti-Muslim fervour, and immigration hysteria, and in the wake of the 'Iraq', and 'Afghanistan',
and now latterly 'Syria', this book could not be more timely. Read more
I'm only part through the book but can see already that we have been interfering in the Middle East by promoting groups like the Muslim Brotherhood for over 60 years - and that we... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. F. Culverhouse
This book sheds light on the many dirty secrets of our governments involvement and meddling in places it has no business being. Makes you feel ashamed to be British.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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