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The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East
by Walid Phares
After the 9/11 Commission concluded in 2004 that the U.S. was engaged in a war with terrorists and never realized it, they reasoned that “a failure of imagination” had prevented us from seeing terrorism coming. In effect, Americans were simply unable, or in fact disabled, to fathom that there were people who hated and opposed our democracy with such ferocity. But after bil ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Pocket Books
(first published November 22nd 2010)
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This could have been a very good book describing liberals and democracy promoters in the Middle East region. Unfortunately, the author spends most of the book weaving conspiracy theories about why the Middle Eastern liberals are never successful in politics. He seems to blame the U.S. and western countries both for not intervening and for intervening too much in the affairs of the region. But, it seems that no matter what approach is taken, the revolutionaries that the author supports never seem ...more
A few points from this book: it was published in 2010, before any inkling of what would happen in the Arab world was in the minds of analysts, academics and political figures; it is a simplistic (sometimes overly simplistic) account of various countries in the region that provides basic information that is useful, but I wish Phares would have delved deeper into some of his arguments - the afterword is probably the best part but could have used a lot more details to flesh out the main ideas; Phar ...more