Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

October 30, 2020
Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

For more than a century successive US and UK governments havesought to thwart nationalist, socialist and pro-democracy movementsin the Middle East. Through the Cold War, the 'War on Terror' andthe present era defined by the Islamic State, the Western powershave repeatedly manipulated the region's most powerful actors toensure the security of their own interests and, in doing so, havegiven rise to religious politics, sectarian war, bloodycounter-revolutions and now one of the most brutal incarnations ofIslamic extremism ever seen.This is the utterly compelling, systematic dissection of Westerninterference in the Middle East. Christopher Davidson exposes thedark side of our foreign policy – dragging many disturbing factsout into the light for the first time. Most shocking for us todayis his assertion that US intelligence agencies continue to regardthe Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, as a strategic butvolatile asset to be wielded against their enemies. Provocative,alarming and unrelenting, Shadow Wars demands to be read – now.