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The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizationsby Lee Smith
Synopses & Reviews
In this provocative and timely book, Middle East expert Lee Smith overturns long-held Western myths and assumptions about the Arab world, offering advice for America's future success in theregion.
Seeking the motivation behind the September 11 attacks, Smith moved to Cairo, where he discovered that the standard explanation--a clash of East and West--was simplynot the case. Middle East conflicts have little to do with Israel, the United States, or the West in general, but are endemic to the region. According to Smith's Strong Horse Doctrine, theArab world naturally aligns itself with strength, power, and violence. He argues that America must be the strong horse in order to reclaim its role there, and that only by understanding the nature of the region'sancient conflicts can we succeed.
Smith details the three-decades-long relationship between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the United States, and gives a history of the MuslimBrotherhood, which would likely play an important role in the formation of a new government in Egypt. He also discusses Lebanon, where tipping the balance against Hezbollah in favor of pro-democracy, pro-US forces hasbecome imperative, as a special tribunal investigates the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Eye-opening and in-depth, The Strong Horse is muchneeded background and perspective on today's headlines.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Challenges western misunderstandings about the Arab world while outlining recommendations on how to improve relationships between the United States and the Middle East, explaining the importance of America's strategic hold on regional interests.
In a provocative, timely book, a noted journalist and expert on Arab-American affairs overturns long-held Western myths about the Arab world, and offers a doctrine to help the United States correct its assumptions concerning the region.
About the Author
Lee Smith is a Middle East correspondent for the Weekly Standard. He has written for Slate.com, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the New Republic, and major Arab media outlets. He is also a visiting fellow of the Hudson Institute. A native of New York City, he currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
The strong horse: tribes — "An Arab regardless of his own wishes": Arab Nationalism and anti-Americanism — The Muslim Reformation — "The regime made us violent": The Islamists' war against the Muslims — Bin Laden, the Father of Arab Democracy — The Schizophrenic Gulf — The battle of ideas: the conqueror of darkness and the Arab Voltaires — "Your children or your guns": the Cedar Revolution and the fight for the future of Lebanon — The capital of Arab resistance: Damascus's Regime of Terror — Middle East Cold War and the Israeli strong horse.
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