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IAFF3188BookReview - Arnold The Middle East has been a...

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Arnold The Middle East has been a lynchpin of US foreign policy for the last 70 years, and since the fall of the Soviet Union, has more often than not been the center of its focus. Twice in the last few decades, American forces have intervened in one particular country: Iraq. But as the world learned in the resulting occupation after the Second Gulf War, aside from its now infamous former dictator and the barrels of oils under its soil, Iraq was a powder-keg of ethno-religious conflict that had been simmering since the country’s spontaneous creation in the 1920s. But why was this allowed to happen? In Churchill’s Folly , Christopher Catherwood shows how the Middle East we know today, with its borders and all of its conflicts, can be directly attributed to the decisions of a collection of Europeans including none other than Winston Churchill. But this book, which first and foremost focuses on the history of the creation of the modern Middle East, also attempts to relate the decisions of the past to the present, and the opinions of the author in these respects make themselves quite apparent. Churchill’s Folly can essentially be broken down into two parts. The first details the creation of the Middle East of today, specifically focusing on Iraq, but also mentioning Palestine/Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. The second is more of a personal breakdown of many of the great characters of this historical drama, including Feisal of Iraq, Lawrence of Arabia, and, of course, Winston Churchill. Similarly, Catherwood tries to establish that there were several
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