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Fateful Triangle United States Rev Edition


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Foreword by Edward W. Said

Preface to the Updated Edition

1. Fanning the Flames

2. The Origins of the "Special Relationship"

3. Rejectionism and Accommodation

4. Isreal and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds

5. Peace for Galilee

6. Aftermath

7. The Road to Armageddon

8. The Palestinian Uprising

9. "Limited War" in Lebanon

10. Washington's "Peace Process"


An Excerpt from Fateful Triangle, Updated Edition

For some time, I've been compelled to arrange speaking engagements long in advance. Sometimes a title is requested for a talk scheduled several years ahead. There is, I've found, one title that always works: "The current crisis in the Middle East." One can't predict exactly what the crisis will be far down the road, but that there will be one is a fairly safe prediction.

That will continue to be the case as long as basic problems of the region are not addressed.

Furthermore, the crises will be serious in what President Eisenhower called "the most strategically important area in the world." In the early post-War years, the United States in effect extended the Monroe Doctrine to the Middle East, barring any interference apart from Britain, assumed to be a loyal dependency and quickly punished when it occasionally got out of hand (as in 1956). The strategic importance of the region lies primarily in its immense petroleum reserves and the global power accorded by control over them; and, crucially, from the huge profits that flow to the Anglo-American rulers, which have been of critical importance for their economies. It has been necessary to ensure that this enormous wealth flows primarily to the West, not to the people of the region. That is one fundamental problem that will continue to cause unrest and disorder. Another is the Israel-Arab conflict with its many ramifications, which have been closely related to the major U.S. strategic goal of dominating the region's resources and wealth.

For many years, it was claimed the core problem was Soviet subversion and expansionism, the reflexive justification for virtually all policies since the Bolshevik takeover in Russia in 1917. That pretext having

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Here's the 1983 edition with a new introduction by Chomsky, Edward Said's foreword, the Palestinian uprising, and the wearying peace process.
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From its establishment to the present day, Israel has enjoyed a special position in the American roster of international friends. In Fateful Triangle Noam Chomsky explores the character and historical development of this special relationship as well as its impact on the fate of the Palestinian people.

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Eric Romsted, August 26, 2006 (view all comments by Eric Romsted)
The first thing prospective readers should know is that this is not (despite the implication of the title) a general review of of Israeli-Palistinian-US relations. Almost half of the book is taken up by a detailed analysis of the 1982 war in Lebanon. This would have made sense in 1983 when the book was originally published, but 20 years it later makes for a skewed focus. The first few chapters provide some rather spotty background history. And the additional material in the new addition is essentially a few slightly reworked Z Magazine articles which are not integrated into the rest of the book. Even for the events focused on, this book is not designed as a complete history. Rather, in typical Chomsky fashion, it is designed to be an antidote the to incomplete history provided by the mainstream media. The style of the book is also classical Chomsky; an almost stream of conciousness flow of information demolishing the standard historical explination and bolstering his own. However, put together, these two factors make the book difficult to follow for a reader not already well versed in the events.

Despite these flaws, I am generally persuaded by his analysis. However, after slogging through this book I felt that the lasting knowledge I will take from it could have been fit into 100 pages rather than 550. So unless you have a serious interest in the 1982 war in Lebanon this probably isn't the book for you.

Given recent events, Fateful Triangle unfortunantly takes on renewed relavence.
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The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Updated Edition)
Said, Edward W.
Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky, Noam, Et
Said, Edward W.
South End Press
Middle East
United states
International Relations
Political science
Middle East - General
Jewish-Arab relations
International Relations - General
General Political Science
Munazzamat al-Tahrir al-Filastiniyah
Lebanon History.
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
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Revised Edition
South End Press Classics Series
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8.00 x 5.00 in

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