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 specialise in America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli relatives; the increase of progressive nationalist events in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try to dealer a ''peace-for-land'' payment among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the new U.S. warfare in Iraq. Little deals worthy ancient context for someone looking a greater knowing of the advanced dating among the U.S. and the center East.
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Popular imagination as the Middle East. The Puritans who founded “God’s American Israel” on Massachusetts Bay nearly four centuries ago brought with them a passionate fascination with the Holy Land and a profound ambivalence about the “infidels”— mostly Muslims but some Jews — who lived there. Raised on Bible stories and religious parables laced liberally with a fervently Christian sense of mission and a fiercely American Spirit of ’76, the citizens of one of the New World’s newest nations have long embraced a romanticized and stereotypic vision of some of the Old World’s oldest civilizations.
Two hundred years earlier, Americans familiar with the Middle East would not have disagreed. Of Pirates, Prophets, and Innocents Abroad In 1776 what little the average American knew about the Middle East and its peoples likely came from two sources: the King James Bible and Scheherazade’s Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Few Americans could have found Baghdad or Beirut on a map, and fewer still had climbed the great stone pyramids at Giza or waded the holy waters of the River Jordan. But most Americans remembered the Gospel according to St.
Outraged by the pogroms in Russia and Poland and appalled by the resurgence of anti-Semitism farther west in France, Herzl warned his brethren in the pages of The Jewish State that only by establishing a national home in Palestine could they be safe from persecution. Working tirelessly, Herzl brought together Jews from seventeen countries, including the United States, in Basel, Switzerland, where in August 1897 they founded the World Zionist Organization committed to accelerating Jewish immigration to Palestine by purchasing land from the Arabs.