Monday, March 12, 2007

Another must read book

I think I have read just about every book that has been published in the past four years about this war in Iraq. Each of these books has been very enlightening but the one I’m about to tell you about is, in my opinion, a must read.

Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, From Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush”, by Barry M. Lando, tells the history of the Middle East and in particular Iraq. While reading this book you discover how the US and other countries have used that area, previous wars and leaders to their own benefit.

If I started to tell you what I have learned from this book I could never stop. I find it amazing and at times appalling to discover what really happened over the years. I never knew just how crooked some previous US administrations have been. Sure, I knew some of this, but not to the depth the book describes.

I’ll stop here but I cannot emphasize enough the amount of information this book contains. Just read it!


Blogger Dr. Know said...

Not only the US, but the British Empire before it. They have been subjugated for centuries by one "king" or another - I believe they're getting sick of it.

March 12, 2007 2:58 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Way back when, I read a book called "Trading With The Enemy" and am seeking it out once again. I was a bit younger then.
The premise was during the struggle with Hitler, everyone, including my employer Hearst (which is why I read the book) was saying nasty things about Hitler, at the same time talking with him and keeping his stolen art and money for him.
The book you mention here sounds like more of the same!
The Bastards! ; (

March 12, 2007 3:14 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Thanks for the heads up.

March 12, 2007 3:21 AM  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Foreign policy is never what someone would want to happen to their own country.

It never seems to be in sync with how we perceive our own countries.

March 12, 2007 3:52 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm always amazed at how much our country uses other countries - almost like their own personal slaves. Bush in South America is like the Master visiting his holdings - lots of U.S. military activity down there, too. It's a recreation of the same conquering behavior we whites had in coming to this country.

March 12, 2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Thanks for the recommendation; it's now on my Amazon wishlist.

March 12, 2007 5:21 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I'm not going to read it. No need to. I already understand it all well enough.

America has just been a failed experiment. And you have been a part of it.

But you live well, don't you? Have you sent a check to the World Food Bank lately?

Attended a peace protest?

Or do you just sit at home and fuss? It takes more than just a blog to change the world.

Most of the world doesn't even know that you and your blog exists in fact.

Prove you care with a check? Dying people can't eat words.

March 12, 2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger Darwin's Dagger said...

People are always asking "Why do they hate us so much?" as if it were some huge mystery. They hate us because of all of the meddling the US and the west in general have done in their countries, for supporting cruel and brutal men like the Shah of Iran, the Kings of Saudi Arabia and Saddam Hussein himself, and for presuming to think we have the moral authority to do any of it. Most Americans though would like to continue to live with the blissfully ignorant idea that they just hate us because they're evil and we're the good guys. Is there a better way to doom yourself than to embrace willful ignorance?

March 12, 2007 6:28 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Wnehever we meddle, it seems we end up supporting the worst most despicable people who do the worst most despicable things.

Don't they realize that when your words and actions don't match, noone trusts you anymore?

March 12, 2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

What's that old law, every action has an equal and opposite reaction...

March 12, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I will put it on my library wish list. I just finished reading Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class. Also a very good read, which tells the recent history of our country and how since Reagan, the corporate elite have declared war on us.

March 12, 2007 8:06 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I'll have to read it - unlike bbc, I don't understand it all well enough. I certainly don't know a lot about that little corner of the world other than it sits on a sea of oil we covet, has too many countries with too much religion in sects that hate each other in their governments, we've meddled there for over half a century, and we're currently doing worse than we've ever done over there. All I really know is that this attempt at empire doesn't seem to be working any better than any of the previous ones we've seen or embarked upon. You'd think our leaders would have learned sometheing from Rome and the British - but NOOOOO.

March 12, 2007 8:10 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i own it, but, on your recommendation it has moved four places up to the top of the "too read" stack. that makes it next.

March 12, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Donviti said...

careful what you read, it may lead to disrupting thoughts that go agaisnt the wishes of the state.

If you are thinking you have to much time on your hands POP.

on a side note I am going to start reading "Conservatives without Conscience" Wednesday.

March 12, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Thanks for the recommendation POP. Unlike BBC, I feel the urge to read it because I'm not a retarded monkey crotch like him.

March 12, 2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I haven't read it, but I've heard the author speak, and Lando is impressive.

March 12, 2007 1:45 PM  
Blogger Aaron A. said...

Why don't they make more non-fiction into movies?

Perhaps its the lack of blood and boobs--although Web of Deceit would have blood.

March 12, 2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger vanillabirdies said...

Will do.

And movies today tend to play it to an audience they think is idiotic or they completely "sapify" most real events.

March 12, 2007 3:28 PM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Sounds like good reading if you're up to the challenge. Cannot read anything longer than a newspaper lately. Thanks for the reccomendation.

March 12, 2007 4:12 PM  
Blogger C-dell said...

sound like a very interesting book. Sparkd my interest.

March 12, 2007 9:30 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Very intresting comments here! Here's my 2 cents worth.

America is doing exactly what the previous empires have done before her but doing it a bit more carefully and covertly due to the information age we are living in. Unfortunately, the fact of life is, as we all know, that power corrupts and absolute power with the U.S., being the only remaining super power, does so absolutely.

Where as the previous empires were the ones who wrote the history, and the attitudes were such that it was deemed to be right of "the more civilized" people to enslave "the lesser" ones, there was no need to hide anything too much. How sad it is, that so many of us are taken by when our megalomaniac leaders hide the truth and justify their devious acts by wrapping them in the flag.

March 13, 2007 1:05 AM  

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