The Secret History Of Al-Qa'ida Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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Wonderful ... required reading for anyone concerned with the future of the globe (SPECTATOR)
What shines out is a profound desire to investigate and reveal the truth ... intelligent and informative (Jason Burke, GUARDIAN)
Scholarly, analytical, objective, it is also intensely readable, being by far the best book on the subject (Rt Hon Tony Benn)
This is a must-read book for anyone interested in understanding our increasingly scary world (Gavin Esler)
* A unique and indispensable insight into the story of al-Qa'ida from a UK-based Arab Muslim journalist and expert on the organisationSee all Product Description
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The author is also rather funny in the way he describes his adventuress trip to Bin Laden and the fears he encountered; he also distinguished between the legitimate Jihad resistance and terrorism, the book goes deep into the war in Iraq and the long term strategy of alqaeda to defeat the Americans on Arabic territory. This book is a must read.
It is obvious that the Muslim world in general has many legitimate grievances regarding western interference stretching over a number of decades: the lack of any meaningful intervention with regard to the Israel/Palestine conflict, the support for the dictatorial regimes of a number of states in the area - Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Saudia Arabia, etc, the sanctions (pre 2003) against Iraq and the subsequent invasion of that same country. In the authors opinion they do not hate us for what we are but for what we have done, or at any rate what our governments have done in our name. The grievances in short are real regardless of what you think of the methods of Bin Laden who evidently thinks that the bombings in London, Madrid, Kenya, Tanzania and the attacks of 9/11 are a price worth paying (ala Madeline Albright) in pursuit of his agenda.
The chapter on suicide bombers is probably the strongest piece of writing in the book. Atwan considers this phenomena in a number of places at different times: Sri Lanka, Palestine, Vietnam, Iraq and of course the 9/11 attacks on the United States. A number of myths regarding this practice, which Mike Davis (see ...Read more ›
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Despite an early statement about being against Al Qaeda's methods, Bari Atwan shows all the signs of a supporter. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2007 by A. Goodvach