American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East by Douglas Little

By Douglas Little

Douglas Little exposes the endurance of "orientalist" stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters concentrate on America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli relatives; the increase of innovative nationalist activities in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try and dealer a "peace-for-land" payment among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the hot U.S. conflict in Iraq. Little deals priceless ancient context for someone looking a greater realizing of the complex courting among the U.S. and the center East.

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Perhaps another million want to go,” Roosevelt informed Wagner on 3 December. ”55 Roosevelt learned just how ferocious Arab opposition to Zionism had become when, on the return leg of his trip to the great power summit at Yalta in early 1945, he sat down with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud. ”56 After his return to Washington, the aging and ailing president could not shake the image of the hawklike Saudi monarch, ensconced in a gold chair and surrounded by six slaves, thundering against Zionist plans to carve out an enclave in Palestine.

Troops become embroiled in what seemed certain to be a nasty, three-cornered quarrel among Turks, Arabs, and Jews. S. 31 When Woodrow Wilson and British prime minister David Lloyd George journeyed to Versailles fourteen months later to negotiate what one historian has called “a peace to end all peace,” they found it extremely difficult to translate the Balfour Declaration from diplomatic principle into political practice. To be sure, Wilson publicly reaffirmed his commitment to a Jewish homeland in an August 1918 open letter to Rabbi Stephen Wise, a Hungarian-born Zionist with close ties to Brandeis and other White House insiders, and Lloyd George briefly lent a sympathetic ear to Chaim Weizmann during the spring of 1919.

46 At the time when European Jewry was most desperate for a safe haven in a national homeland, however, the British government moved to reduce Jewish immigration to Palestine sharply. Having just completed a costly two-year campaign to suppress the Arab revolt, Whitehall issued a White Paper on 17 May 1939 limiting the total number of Jewish refugees permitted to enter the Holy Land to just 75,000 during the next five years; after that, all further immigration would be subject to Palestinian approval.

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