The Smell of Orange Groves.
This short story by Lavie Tidhar
(author of Osama: A Novel
) is part of his Central Station
story cycle, taking place in or around Tel Aviv’s Central Station neighborhood sometime in the future. [more inside]
The Man Between War and Peace.
"As head of U. S. Central Command, Admiral William 'Fox' Fallon is in charge of American military strategy for the most troubled parts of the world. Now, as the White House has been escalating the war of words with Iran, and seeming ever more determined to strike militarily before the end of this presidency, the admiral has urged restraint and diplomacy. Who will prevail, the president or the admiral?" [Via Think Progress.]
Lessons from Past Western Incursions in the Middle East.
A speech by Juan Cole
at the New America Foundation
in which he discusses his new book, Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East
, and the relevance and lessons of Napoleon's expedition in Egypt to the current American occupation of Iraq. A shorter version, covering many of the same points, is in this article: Pitching the Imperial Republic
"Is the Administration’s new policy aiding our enemies in the war on terrorism?" New article by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker.
The Bush family's history in the Middle East.
"Between now and the November election, it's crucial that Americans come to understand how four generations of the current president's family have embroiled the United States in the Middle East through CIA connections, arms shipments, rogue banks, inherited war policies and personal financial links." So writes former Republican analyst Kevin Phillips
, author of the new book American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
"Chaos in the Middle East is not the Bush hawks' nightmare scenario--it's their plan."
This is a fascinating and disturbing article by Josh Marshall
for next month's Washington Monthly
, released early due to recent events. Of course, whether or not the war will destabalize the Mideast is open to debate
With friends like the Saudis, who needs enemies?
"There is, then, no real need for us to be frightened by the loss of the kingdom's oil friendship. But we should be concerned by the evidence of its strategic enmity. It may be true that the Saudis are neither Iraqis nor Iranians nor Libyans; but it is quite dangerous enough that they are Saudis."