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  •  Chomsky does what few of any of the pundits (10+ / 0-)

    do, that is to first provide a context within which to argue. As Rick says, he begins with the history of how we overthrough the elected government to install the Shah, but does so by saying that we (Americans) might want to forget this, but the Iranians don't.

    This is a very important idea - that the peoples that our government has fucked with remember that, even though most Americans are ignorant of it. And if you dare to point this out, you are labeled an "America heater."

    "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill

    by Spud1 on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 06:08:31 AM PST

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    •  Book rec: "Treacherous Alliance," Trita Parsi (5+ / 0-)
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      Spud1, corvo, skrekk, Snarcalita, ibonewits

      Parsi is Iranian-born, Swedish citizen, recent PhD from Hopkins under Zbigniew Brzezinski & Francis Fukuyama.

      Complete title of the book is "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States.:

      Click here to listen to an interview with the author on the Yale Press Podcast.

      Visit Trita Parsi's webpage featuring appearances, press events and interviews with the author.  

      Listen in on the author's recent appearance and interview on The Diane Rehm Show.  Downloand this segment using Real Audio or Windows Media Player

      Read The Economist, "Missed Chance? A Lost Opportunity Before Tehran's Necons Took Over"

      In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region.

      Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that America’s hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry.

      Parsi’s behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Iran’s prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Iran’s plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle East’s recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In today’s belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.

      When a coward sees a man he thinks he can beat he becomes hungry for a fight. -Chinhua Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

      by BughouseWW on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 06:29:07 AM PST

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    •  Sound bit (0+ / 0-)

      No time for context, gotta sell a pick-up truck in the next thirty seconds.  Too slow for the average ADD TV viewer.
      And that's overthrew (overthowed?), not overthrough to my pedantic pee-brain - heh.

      Well, I guess I don't know what you mean by "equal justice under the law." - Bushy McSpokesperson

      by gatorcog on Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 10:52:00 AM PST

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