Devil's Game

Devil's Game

How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam

Book - 2005
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The first complete account of America's most
dangerous foreign policy miscalculation: sixty years of support for Islamic fundamentalism
Devil's Game is the gripping story of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism. Among all the books about Islam, this is the first comprehensive inquiry into the touchiest issue: How and why did the United States encourage and finance the spread of radical political Islam?
Backed by extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss argues that this largely hidden relationship is greatly to blame for the global explosion of terrorism. He follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists to cooperation with Hamas and Saudi Wahhabism. Dreyfuss also uncovers long-standing ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the region, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.
Wide-ranging and deeply informed, Devil's Game reveals a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment. What emerges is a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.
Publisher: New York :, Metropolitan Books,, 2005.
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9780805076523
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 29, 2016

This book will make you truly nauseous, as I become every time I heard about more executions by the head choppers of Saudi Arabia, and then see an American president and Wall Street lackey embracing them - - but you'll be glad you read this!
[On p. 288, the crux of this book states that supporting the mujahideen, the hardcore of the Islamists, was a catastrophic miscalculation - - one could say the very same about the support for the factions in Syria, in Libya, in Yemen - - in other words, a continuation of that // catastrophic miscalculation \\ frames the Clinton-Bush-Obama {and hopefully not another -Clinton} strategy!]


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