Abdul-Nasser Baston

The Power of Nightmares

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Review of 'Al Qaeda: The True Story', Jason Burke, Penguin £7.99

For all Jason Burke's meticulous research he fails to identify imperialism's role in the 'Al Qaida' phenomenon. His inability to perceive things from the point of view of Muslims or indeed other oppressed peoples culminates in the glorious understatement that 'western intervention in the Islamic world over the last three centuries has not been happy'. The three centuries of colonisation so glibly referred to by Burke created a whole gamut of squabbling nation states all more or less beholden to one or other imperial power.

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