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Labyrinth   Book Critique    12 messages - 0 unread  Instead of discussing a series of questions on the book Into the Labyrinth , by H.W. Brands, you will post a critique of this book. In your critique, be sure to include the major theses brought out by the author as well as your evaluation of the validity of his main arguments and how effective you believe he was in getting his points across. Your critique, which should be posted on the discussion board, should not exceed two pages (or their equivalent). I encourage you to comment on the posts of your classmates. Middle East   Thomas Lennemann  Nov 6, 2010 4:38 PM  Into the Labyrinth  by H.W. Brands was my kind of book.  The book starts  with the Arab states vying to untangle themselves from European  imperialism and the introduction of Zionism to Palestine.   America tried to befriend all sides in the Middle East for two reasons:   To keep the Soviet Union out of this area and to keep the flow of  oil coming from the region.  The first place the United States tried to  pacify was Iran helping quell revolution and propping up the monarch of  the Shah.  After World War II, displaced Jews from Europe began a  pilgrimage to their ancestral land in Palestine.  Bowing to a strong  Jewish lobby in the United States, the Truman administration played a  key roll in the formation of the new Jewish state, Israel.  Immediately  after the United Nations plan for partition was adopted, the Arab 
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countries surrounding Israel, took to war in an effort to crush the new  Jewish state.  As Egypt's monarchy was overthrown by a military coup, the emergence  of Gamal Abdul Nassar brought instability to the region.  Nassar's main  goal was removing the British from the Sinai region, England  desperately tried to hold on as her priority of keeping the canal available  for oil shipments from the Arab lands to the Mediterranean Sea.  Nassar  pled to the United States as a former colony who broke free from British  occupation.  (Brands, 46)  After several short wars to evict their new neighbor, Egypt and Israel  signed a land for peace accord helped by the Carter administration.   Shortly after helping to bring a peaceful settlement to the region, Islamic  radicals ousted the monarch in Iran.  As a supporter of the Shah,  America was seen as the "Great Satin" throughout the religious zealots.   In an attempt to take advantage of the shaky leadership in Tehran,  Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army invaded the new Islamic republic.  After  ten years of brutal fighting, where America assisted both sides in the  war, the Iran-Iraq war ended with Iraq economically strapped.  As a way 
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