Alliance Against Babylon: The US, Israel and Iraq by John K. Cooley

By John K. Cooley

New debatable examine the US-Israel connection through the bestselling writer of Unholy Wars Explores the roots of Israel's longstanding enmity with Iraq and its position in final year's warfare Cooley is a huge global authority at the heart East lifestyles revenues of Unholy Wars overall over 26,000 copies The ruins of historic Babylon nonetheless stand in Iraq. they're a reminder that latest clash is just one of many who have engulfed the rustic, and the broader center East, over the centuries. John Cooley, a former correspondent for ABC information and the Christian technology display screen, argues that America's new invasion and career of Iraq marks a turning element within the West's courting with the Arab international, and alters the stability of strength in the heart East. He argues that the an important think about this new improvement is the connection among Israel and the us. reading modern-day difficulties from this certain viewpoint, Cooley covers a extensive sweep of heritage, from biblical Babylonian instances earlier. He indicates how US and Israeli pursuits within the center East have been contradictory before everything. He explains how and why the US-Israel alliance progressively advanced. Drawing from unpublished assets, in addition to from John Cooley's own encounters with critical gamers comparable to David ben-Gurion, the Shah of Iran, Anwar al-Sadat, King Hussein of Jordan and Saddam Hussein himself, this publication provides a uniquely invaluable point of view at the advanced heritage of Iraq and why it remains to be on the middle of worldwide affairs.

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A constituent assembly, convened in 1924, in 1925 approved an Anglo–Iraqi treaty and an Organic (quasi-constitutional) Law made Iraqi ministers responsible to a bicameral parliament. qxd 05/11/2004 16:34 Page 34 34 An alliance against Babylon and others that Iraq was not ready for full independence, an Anglo–Iraqi treaty in 1930 set up a 25-year alliance. Both governments were supposed to consult one another on foreign policy. Britain got air bases and control of communications, and provided a military mission to train the Iraqi army.

13 The World War I victors were now in more or less firm possession of the spoils—the remnants of the old Ottoman Empire. Their contradictory promises and goals had set the stage for a colossal Arab–Jewish struggle for the same land. This struggle would eventually overshadow the Middle East. Late in the twentieth century, it would drag the United States of America, as it emerged from the Cold War with the Soviet Union, into assuming one of the biggest overseas burdens in its history: a war to fight its terrorist enemies, and to build a worldwide military network to defend its own interests and those of a chosen few allies.

Hearing from their spies that a rebellion in the Shia holy city of Najaf had expelled Turkish troops from that center—again crucial in the Anglo-American occupation of Iraq in 2003—British agents lobbied Shia tribal leaders to win them over. However, the British showed the same lack of understanding of the Arab mentality that the Americans would display in 2003. Neither the tribal Arabs nor the Turks proved cooperative. The Marsh Arabs, realizing that their quiet existence in the swamps was threatened, attacked and looted the weapons and stores of both sides.

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