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 struggle Cooley is a massive international authority at the center East existence revenues of Unholy Wars overall over 26,000 copies The ruins of historic Babylon nonetheless stand in Iraq. they seem to be a reminder that modern-day 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 visual display unit, argues that America's new invasion and profession of Iraq marks a turning aspect within the West's dating with the Arab global, and alters the stability of energy in the center East. He argues that the the most important think about this new improvement is the connection among Israel and the USA. analyzing latest difficulties from this specified viewpoint, Cooley covers a large sweep of background, from biblical Babylonian instances earlier. He exhibits how US and Israeli pursuits within the center East have been contradictory at the beginning. He explains how and why the US-Israel alliance progressively advanced. Drawing from unpublished resources, in addition to from John Cooley's own encounters with significant gamers comparable to David ben-Gurion, the Shah of Iran, Anwar al-Sadat, King Hussein of Jordan and Saddam Hussein himself, this e-book provides a uniquely invaluable viewpoint at the complicated historical past of Iraq and why it is still on the center of worldwide affairs.

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The whole artificial Mesopotamian mandate, with its conglomerates and islets of majority Shia, minority Sunnis, Kurds, Jews, Assyrian (Chaldean) Christians, Turcomans, Yazidis, and other smaller sects, was formally presented to the new League of Nations, the post-World War I predecessor of today’s United Nations. S. Congress refused to join it. The League, without the United States, divided up the post-war mandates among the victors. Mesopotamia, of course, was left to Britain. The League formally confirmed this at the San Remo Conference in April 1920.

Many of the big traders, impatient with the sclerotic old Ottoman bureaucracy, supported with sympathy and money the reformist revolution of the Young Turks in 1908, and its political expression in the reformist Committees of Union and Progress. The development of the Young Turk movement was inspired by a highly enlightened Ottoman constitution of 1876. This was proclaimed by the reformist-minded Midhat Pasha, who had administered a growingly prosperous Baghdad from 1869–73. With associates, Midhat overthrew the tyrannical Sultan Abdul Aziz and installed his nephew, Murad V, as sultan.

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. DIVIDING THE OILY SPOILS The colonial regime, using the British army and the RAF gradually subdued Kurdish and Bedouin tribal revolt and lawlessness.

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