Boomerang! How Our Covert Wars Have Created Enemies Across the Middle East and Brought Terror to America
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Edition: paper, pages
WHY SECRETLY ARMING A BUNCH OF BLOODTHIRSTY TERRORISTS MAYBE WASN’T SUCH A GOOD IDEA AFTER ALL
I wanted to write a book that would make it clear that the answer to "why do they hate us?" is "well, wouldn't you?" Not because I hate America, but because I love my country enough to want us to stop harming innocents and making needless enemies. --Mark Zepezauer
Boomerang! Delivers fourteen blistering and comprehensive chapters on the tangled story of US interventions in the Arab and Muslim world. It tells how our meddling helped to create enemies for us in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Lebanon. It details the repression paid for with our tax dollars in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. It explains the background to our ongoing war efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan and foreshadows possible future wars in the energy-rich nations surrounding the Caspian Sea.
The U.S. government has warned that we may be at war in this part of the world for decades to come. Boomerang! explains why many who live there feel like we’ve already been at war with them for decades.
“An incisive, well researched guide to the covert shenanigans and oil-thirsty policies that made the U.S. the target of choice for every terrorist in the Middle East. This book is a great-and essential-read” --Bruce Avery, Associate Professor of English, San Francisco State University
“Mark Zepezauer examines the sordid history of U.S. intervention in the Middle East. Documenting how heavy-handed covert operations by the CIA undermined regional stability, Boomerang! Shows how our actions incited an anti-American backlash in the region. An extremely important and timely contribution to the debate on U.S. security, especially in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.” --David N. Gibbs, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona
“The American government repeatedly claims that terrorism against the United States is motivated by envy of our wealth, our (putative) freedom and democracy, our secular government, and our other marvelous qualities. Boomerang! Reveals that ‘revenge’ and ‘retaliation’ are more appropriate explanations.” --William Blum, author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower and Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II