Secret Affairs: Britains Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark CurtisIn Secret Affairs, Mark Curtis shows how Britain has helped create the Islamic terrorism that now threatens us. Exploring how the bombings of 7/7 can be traced back to groups and individuals trained and supported by Britain, Curtis draws on formerly classified government files to unravel a long history of the British governments secret collusion with and direct involvement in Islamic terrorism, from 1945 to the present day.
From the overthrow of Irans popular government during the 1950s and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, to Libya, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabias ruthless internal oppression, Secret Affairs shows Britains hidden hand in the rise of global terrorism. At a time when British forces are being sent to wage war in Afghanistan in increasing numbers, Mark Curtis book shows how the seeds of todays lose-lose situation were sown a long time ago in a hidden politics as ineffective as it was immoral.
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Frequent ceremonies with the British royals maintain the aura of a benevolent empire that has only spread civilization among the savages. Second, the willingness of successive British governments to work with reactionary right-wing forces, including radical Islamists and terrorist groups, to prop up authoritarian regimes allied to Britain, undermine unstable regimes perceived as hostile to British interests and install more pliant regimes. F or decades, Britain has worked with Jihadi groups on an ad hoc basis, switching sides as the need arises. Iran premier M. We have been paying for that sin ever since. The British dropped Kashani as being too hostile to British interests, but not before using his forces as shock troops to pave the way for the return of the Shah, who imposed a dictatorial regime subservient to his patrons. It was after a failed assassination attempt that Britain, along with France and Israel, invaded Egypt at the end of October to overthrow Nasser, even though British officials feared that the political beneficiaries would be the Brotherhood.
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A freshly updated and revelatory investigation into Britain's secret collaboration with radical Islam. Mark Curtis is an author, journalist and consultant: his previous books include Web of Deceit and Unpeople. Serpent's tail published the previous edition . Download cover. The updated edition of Secret Affairs covers the momentous events of the past year in the Middle East and at home in the UK.