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Terrorism: Theirs & Ours

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In 1985, President Ronald Reagan received a group of bearded turban-wearing men who looked like they came from another century. After receiving them in the White House, Reagan spoke to the press, referring to his foreign guests as "freedom fighters." These were the Afghan mujahideen. In August 1998, another American president ordered missile strikes from the American navy ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 4th 2001 by Seven Stories Press
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Paul
Mar 14, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
From the perspective of someone from South Asia (Ahamd was from Pakistan), this book looks deeper at this thing called terrorism.

There are several aspects to the official approach to terrorism. First, terrorists change. Yesterday's terrorist is today's freedom fighter, and vice versa. Second, there seems to be no such thing as an "official" definition of terrorism. Explanations are designed to arouse our emotions, instead of stimulating our intelligence. Third, government officials may not be ab
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Tammam Aloudat
It's is the first time I read Eqbal Ahmad and I find he is in the same school of Chomsky and Said in terms of having a close understanding of the American hegemony and being open and direct in criticizing and exposing it.

In this booklet, there is a transcript of a speech he gave and a long interview he was questioned in. Both are revealing and interesting and make me want to read more of his work.

What is interesting to know is how much of a problem Osama Bin Laden was for the US who made him i
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short but great
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Jan 26, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. Honestly I think everyone should read it. It is helpful to understand the world that we live in today because no one will give it to us straight. This man is a genius. I have read this book over and over. Sadly I lent it to a friend and never got it back so I haven't read it in a year. But it's message has stayed with me. It is also good to know that the book is concise, probably around 60 pages, if I remember correctly.
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Feb 07, 2013 Efad rated it really liked it
In short interviews with Eqbal Ahmad, Barsamian accomplishes what mainstream journalists fail to achieve with hours and hours of air time and popular exposure.
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Apr 19, 2009 A rated it it was amazing
I love this book.. its a really straight forward critic of American military and foreign policy - and why it doesn't work.
Sakaguchi

Front picture show exactry what the terorist,and how to make a enemy.and also who made tariban and all those Propaganda.
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Book consists of an interview and a speech given in 1998. Very good and very insightful. Concise.
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Eqbal Ahmad was a Pakistani political scientist, writer, journalist, and anti-war activist. He was strongly critical of the Middle East strategy of the United States as well as what he saw as the "twin curse" of nationalism and religious fanaticism in such countries as Pakistan.
Eqbal Ahmad was born in the village of Irki in Bihar, India in 1933 or 1934. A few years later, his father was murdered o
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