‘A protracted colonial war’ by Tariq Ali for The Guardian, July 20, 2006
With US support, Israel is hoping to isolate and topple Syria by holding sway over Lebanon
In his last interview—after the 1967 six-day war—the historian Isaac Deutscher, whose next-of-kin had died in the Nazi camps and whose surviving relations lived in Israel, said: “To justify or condone Israel’s wars against the Arabs is to render Israel a very bad service indeed and harm its own long-term interest.” Comparing Israel to Prussia, he issued a sombre warning: “The Germans have summed up their own experience in the bitter phrase ‘Man kann sich totseigen!’ ‘You can triumph yourself to death’.”
In Israel’s actions today we can detect many of the elements of hubris: an imperial arrogance, a distortion of reality, an awareness of its military superiority, the …
TARIQ ALI’S Clash of Fundamentalisms, recently re-published in paperback, is a welcome contribution to the post 9/11 debates taking place on left.
Tariq Ali has been prominent in the anti-war movement and his book gives vent to his anti-imperialism. Targeting particularly “the most dangerous ‘fundamentalism’ today – the ‘mother of all fundamentalisms’,” US imperialism, Tariq explains how it has used the tragedy of 9/11 to pursue a traditional far-right Republican agenda.
Written before the recent bloody assault on Iraq, Tariq’s book attacks Bush and Blair’s justifications for the war; and, anticipating current arguments over weapons off mass destruction, Tariq mockingly declares that all “the talk of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ consists of fairy tales designed to frighten the children/citizens at home”.