by. Bruce Riedel. · Rating details · ratings · 26 reviews. Pakistan and the United States have been locked in a deadly embrace for decades. Successive. Review of Book namely “Deadly Embrace, Pakistan, America and the future of Global Jihad” by Bruce Riedel. This book was important when Osama bin Laden was alive and a seemingly never ending hunt was on for him. But, now, in the backdrop of his death due to an.
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Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad. Brookings Institute Press, Washington, D. Given the nature of events reported in the regular media, this work is a timely and informative history about the U.
It is written by Bruce Riedel, one of the players involved in the ongoing negotiations between the two countries as they balance the various needs and wants of an off-balance nuclear-armed Deacly country with the needs and wants of a country protecting the world from the terror of Islamic jihadists. At least, that is the overall perspective of the work, as should be expected from someone inside the Washington establishment, a former CIA officer, and now a political consultant, whose perspective is that narrowly seen by those steeped in the belief of U.
How and why this happened is the subject of this book. For the historical record, the book is well written and historically accurate, although a good deal of information seems to have been held back that could have truly made the book interesting and challenging.
For all those disclaimers, two thoughts rise. First, there is a lot of material and ideas that are not presented in rifdel work. Secondly, when reading the book, it comes across as standard U. The latter may well be true, but given the lack of context of the U. Along the way, many question marks appeared in the margins of the book where good opportunities for larger contextual information would have been very helpful and more truthful to the overall narrative.
Most of the comments were smaller thoughts, left that way in order to avoid exploring them in their fuller context.
What is not mentioned is that Saudi Arabia is essentially a wholly owned fiefdom of the U. The fuller context also being that U. Other question marks highlight the use of terror as the underlying base for actions concerning Pakistan. There is no recognition of U. There is no context of the U. There is no context of U. The worst part of the book is the purely conjectural chapter on the possible future of Pakistan.
Yes, a nuclear armed state would create some problems, but so far, the most militarized nuclear states of the world, the god-fearing states of the U. The final chapter is on ways to help Rierel. Why, we could do away with elections in every country if this is the answer — which to the U. That is how the United States has fought ebrace for decades. Is he talking Vietnam? The problem with Kashmir has its own peculiar solutions, where the U.
What is not mentioned is Kashmir as an actual independent state, an obvious solution, at least for the Kashmiris. This demonstrates only the lack of original thinking on the part of Riedel and his adherence to the U.
Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad by Bruce Riedel
This should also be recognized in the recent peaceful demonstrations across much of the Arab world. The demonstrators were not jihadi terrorists but the everyday citizens of the countries where they lived.
They are apparently successful in Tunisia and Egypt, although the extent of realizable democracy may quickly be subverted by corporate and military interests. Elsewhere, the true interests of democracy appear to be succumbing to the more particular interests of the elites and powerful. Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor of opinion pieces and book reviews for The Palestine Chronicle.
Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad
Miles’ work is also presented globally through other alternative websites and news publications. Review of Deadly Embrace: Apartheid Israel or US Democracy?