In this impressively detailed and exhaustively documented book, John K. Cooley gets to the roots of the international terrorist organizations that are striking fear and violence into the world’s populations. Beginning with surprising revelations about U.S. and Soviet actions in Afghanistan during the Cold War, Cooley traces the origins of today’s terror back to the West’s strategy of creating an army of fanatical Muslim warriors to mire the USSR in its own Vietnam. While that plan was successful, it gave birth to the terrorist violence we face today, and Cooley deftly explains how. getabstract.com strongly recommends this book to all readers for the historic context lacking in mainstream media coverage of the war on terrorism.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the U.S. and its allies set out to create a volunteer army of Muslim warriors to resist the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 80s;
- How Osama bin Laden found his way to Afghanistan and gained power; and
- How globalization has affected terrorism.
About the Author
John Cooley is a long-time author and journalist whose other books include Payback: America’s Long War in the Middle East, Green March, Black September: The Story of the Palestinian Arabs , and Libyan Sandstorm.