Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis

By Mark Curtis

The up-to-date variation of Secret Affairs covers the momentous occasions of the earlier 12 months within the heart East. It finds the unreported makes an attempt through Britain to domesticate relatives with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after the autumn of Mubarak, the army intervention at the facet of Libyan insurgent forces which come with pro-al-Qaeda components, and the continued reliance at the region's final fundamentalist nation, Saudi Arabia, to guard its curiosity within the center East.

In this ground-breaking e-book, Mark Curtis finds the covert historical past of British collusion with radical Islamic and terrorist teams. Secret Affairs indicates how governments because the Forties have connived with militant forces to manage oil assets and overthrow governments. the tale of the way Britain has helped nurture the increase of world terrorism hasn't ever been told.

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19 A huge amount has been written on the ‘Arab revolt’ against Turkish rule, including the romanticised heroics of Lawrence of Arabia and Britain’s subsequent betrayal of its guarantees of ‘independence’ for the Arabs; these guarantees, to the British, meant not granting Arabs national sovereignty but allowing the presence of exclusively British advisers to administrate Arab countries which would become British ‘protectorates’. One striking aspect of the call to Arabs was Britain’s appeal to Islam in its promises to the then ruler, or sherif, of the holy city of Mecca, Hussein bin Ali.

The 7/7 bombers and many other would-be British terrorists are partly the product of subsequent decades of official Pakistani patronage of these groups. And today it is the Pakistan-based networks which pose the largest threat to Britain and which are at the centre of global terrorism, having become perhaps even more important than al-Qaida, despite the Western media’s focus on Bin Laden. Both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are partly British creations: Saudi Arabia was bloodily forged in the 1920s with British arms and diplomatic support, while Pakistan was hived off from India in 1947 with the help of British planners.

Harmless to ourselves . . The Arabs are even less stable than the Turks. 25 After the war, Lawrence wrote a report for the British Cabinet entitled ‘Reconstruction of Arabia’, arguing that it was urgent for the British and their allies to find a Muslim leader who could counter the Ottoman empire’s attempted jihad against them in the name of the caliph: When war broke out an urgent need to divide Islam was added, and we became reconciled to seek for allies rather than subjects . . We hoped by the creation of a ring of client states, themselves insisting on our patronage, to turn the present and future flank of any foreign power with designs on the three rivers [Iraq].

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