By Milton Viorst
America’s engagement with the Arab international stretches again some distance past the Iraq wars. in keeping with Milton Viorst, the present clash is just the most recent around in a 1,400-year fight among Christianity and Islam, within which the USA grew to become a player merely within the final century.
Today, the Bush Doctrine goals to unfastened the Arab peoples from political oppression and create a democratic Iraq. So why are Arabs, and Iraqis specifically, so suspicious of our efforts? the reason, Viorst says, is straightforward: “What the yank management has miscalculated, or just pushed aside, is Arab nationalism.” In hurricane from the East, Viorst bargains a balanced, lucid, and very important historical past of America’s uneasy courting with the Arab global and argues that brutal clash within the zone will proceed until eventually the West, with the U.S. taking the lead, honors the Arabs’ insistence on determining their very own destiny.
Viorst examines the lengthy fight of the Arab international to overthrow Western hegemony. He explores the Arab reports with democracy and army despotism; Nasserite socialism in Egypt and Ba’athism in Syria and Iraq; tribal monarchy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan; guerrilla battle waged by means of the Palestinians; and, ultimately, Islamic uprising culminating in Osama bin Laden’s extremist al-Qaeda. All have an analogous objective: the liberation of the Arabs from overseas domination.
Storm from the East is a robust paintings that, like no different, limns the political, spiritual, and social roots of Arab nationalism and the present-day unrest within the heart East.
From the Hardcover edition.