AXIS OF RESISTANCE Towards an Independent Middle East

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Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East examines the end of the war on Syria and the wider elements of the regional conflict, in particular the prospects for a democratic Palestine, the character of the Resistance and the role of Iran. It draws attention to the broad leitmotifs underpinning each particular history that are key to understanding both the parts and the whole, addressing myths about the wars and the resistance, while attempting a partial and provisional history of the conflicts. This focus on resistance is crucial to understanding the defeat of great powers, something not possible for any analysis which begins and ends with power.

“Western policy has been worse than a crime, it’s been a blunder. Tim Anderson’s epic study shows what a crime, what a blunder it has been. And how ugly the monster which now stalks the land. My land, your land, the whole of humanity. It is a must read.” GEORGE GALLOWAY, British politician, writer and broadcaster

“As an account of the forces that have combined to destroy the Middle East and the forces that have combined to liberate it,  Axis of Resistance will take its place alongside the few books worth reading on how and by whom the flickering lights of the imperial twilight of ‘the West’  in the Middle East were finally extinguished.” Dr. JEREMY SALT, Middle East historian historian and former professor at Melbourne University (Australian) and Bilkent University (Turkey)

“A refreshing analysis of West Asia’s regional alliances that was pushed into existence by continuous Western hegemony.” Dr MARWA OSMAN, Lebanese academic, broadcaster and writer

“An excellent book by an exceptional author and activist who understands well the shakers and makers of the region within the new world order shaped by rising global forces.” AMAL WAHDAN, Veteran Palestinian activist, Al Quds / Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine

   

Reme Sakr and the author talk to the Syrian media after visiting wounded soldiers in a hospital in Latakia, December 2013.

Description

In the series of 21st century wars initiated by Washington in the name of a ‘New Middle East’, resistance forces are prevailing. Like all imperial gambits before it the US-led plan has been to subjugate the entire region – whether through the direct application of force, or through coalitions or proxies – to secure privileged access to its tremendous resources and then dictate terms of access to all other players.

Insofar as the key to a definitive defeat of Washington’s ambitions lies in regional integration of the resistance forces–an integration led by Iran, the undisputed leader of an ‘Axis of Resistance’ to foreign domination and Zionist expansion—Iran has emerged as an ever more central target for regime change.

  

This book, Axis of Resistance: towards an independent Middle East, follows the author’s 2016 book The Dirty War on Syria. It examines the end of the war on Syria and the wider elements of the regional conflict, in particular the prospects for a democratic Palestine, the character of the Resistance and the role of Iran. It draws attention to these broad leitmotifs underpinning each particular history that are key to understanding both the parts and the whole:

  • A single, essentially colonial impetus drives each particular US aggression from Libya to Afghanistan. These hybrid wars utilize propaganda offensives, economic siege warfare, terrorist proxies, direct invasions and military occupations followed by repression via client states. The aim is to keep resistance forces fragmented.
  • Just as each aggression forms part of a broader Washington strategy, similarly the integration of the resistance in particular remains critical to its success.
  • The Resistance has a common character but no idealised personality or ideology. However the common features are a demand for popular self-determination and for accountable social structures that serve broad social interests.

 

This book addresses myths about the wars and the resistance, while attempting a partial and provisional history of the conflicts. A focus on resistance can help us understand the defeat of great powers, something not possible for any analysis which begins and ends with power.

Book Details

Date of publication

2019

Number of pages

380

Author

Tim Anderson

Reviews

1 review for AXIS OF RESISTANCE Towards an Independent Middle East

  1. Dr. JEREMY SALT, Middle East historian historian and former professor at Melbourne University (Australian) and Bilkent University (Turkey)

    One day the age of imperialism will end as surely as the age of dinosaurs once did. Unlike the mostly herbivore dinosaur, however, imperialism is a vicious, savage creature, driven by power, greed and the urge to dominate, and merciless in the pursuit of its own interests. There will be no asteroid to wipe it out. It will not die easily or gently, but will fight viciously until its last breath.
    This composite creature called imperialism has military, economic, political, media and ‘human rights’ arms, all working together to ensure the success of its genocidal projects. In his previous book, The Dirty War on Syria, Tim Anderson exposed the brutality, the lies, the hypocrisy and the deception that characterized the attempt to destroy Syria in the same way that Iraq and Libya had been destroyed.
    In this new book Tim Anderson positions Syria in the context of broader imperial strategies embracing the entire Middle East His narrative moves from economic sanctions as a method of “siege warfare” to specific issues such as the US-led aerial assault on the Syrian army near Deir al Zor in 2016 and the takfiri chemical weapons. He brings into the picture the role of the human rights “industry” in promoting the war on Syria and the equally pernicious role of the “pseudo-left” in supporting the false claims that this was a revolution rather than what it actually was, in other words, the most determined attempt ever made by the imperial ‘west’ and its regional proxies to destroy an Arab government.
    The ‘axis of resistance’ stretched from Iran through Iraq to Syria, southern Lebanon and occupied Palestine. Forty years of sanctions have failed to break Iran while Hizbullah has humiliated the Zionist enemy twice since 2000 and is now capable of inflicting enormous damage if Israel dares attack again. The wheel of history always turns slowly but it is finally turning against ‘the West’ across the Middle East and against its colonial implant in occupied Palestine.
    In his own country, Australia, Tim Anderson has been subjected to media abuse and an ongoing attempt to shut down his university position. Such is the fate of all dissidents who dare speak truth to power but as the ‘independent’ Australian government lives in craven bondage to the US and as the equally craven Australian media routinely deceives the public about the Middle East, especially where Israel is concerned, it is clear where the indictments should fall.
    A small band of journalists and academics have written truthfully and accurately about Syria. Tim Anderson is one of them. At a time of lies, truth is never welcome, for which reason Axis of Resistance will not be allowed to subvert a lying mainstream narrative. Nevertheless, as an account of the forces that have combined to destroy the Middle East and the forces that have combined to liberate it, Axis of Resistance will take its place alongside the few books worth reading on how and by whom the flickering lights of the imperial twilight of ‘the West’ in the Middle East were finally extinguished. DR. JEREMY SALT, Middle East historian historian and former professor at Melbourne University (Australian) and Bilkent University (Turkey)

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