Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the by Nir Rosen

By Nir Rosen

Nir Rosen’s Aftermath, a unprecedented feat of reporting, follows the contagious unfold of radicalism and sectarian violence that the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the resultant civil conflict have unleashed within the Muslim world.


Rosen—who the Weekly Standard as soon as bitterly complained has “great entry to the Baathists and jihadists who make up the Iraqi insurgency”— has spent approximately a decade between warriors and militants who've been hard American strength within the Muslim global. In Aftermath, he tells their tale, displaying the opposite facet of the U.S. battle on terror, touring from the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad to the alleys, villages, refugee camps, mosques, and killing grounds of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and eventually Afghanistan, the place Rosen has a terrifying come across with the Taliban as their “guest,” and witnesses the hot Obama surge fizzling in southern Afghanistan.

Rosen was once one of many few Westerners to enterprise contained in the mosques of Baghdad to witness the 1st stirrings of sectarian hatred within the months after the U.S. invasion. He exhibits how guns, strategies, and sectarian principles from the civil warfare in Iraq penetrated neighboring nations and threatened their balance, specifically Lebanon and Jordan, the place new jihadist teams mushroomed. furthermore, he exhibits that the unfold of violence on the highway point is frequently the end result of particular guidelines hatched in Washington, D.C. Rosen bargains a seminal and provocative account of the surge, informed from the viewpoint of U.S. troops at the flooring, the Iraqi safety forces, Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents that have been either allies and adversaries. He additionally tells the tale of what occurred to those militias after they outlived their usefulness to the Americans.

Aftermath is either a distinct own background and an unsparing account of what the United States has wrought in Iraq and the quarter. the result's a hair- elevating, 360-degree view of the trendy battlefield its consequent humanitarian disaster, and the truth of counterinsurgency.


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Sagan 1986: 165–6) In short, Russian mobilization led directly and almost inevitably to war. Others in their analysis of World War I will stress the importance of the Schlieffen Plan and downplay the Russian decision: “But there was only one decision which turned the little Balkan conflict between Austria–Hungary and Serbia into a European war. 17 Levy (1986) makes a similar argument regarding the common hypothesis that rigid organizational routines in the form of military mobilization and war plans were an important cause of World War I (Tuchman 1962; A.

Bush. One needs to change virtually nothing to imagine Gore rather than Bush becoming president in 2000. , the president’s advisors and his political constituency), and we would have to consider their independent causal impact. Structural explanations almost by definition downplay the importance of individuals. In the most extreme position the international or structural constraints are so strong that the leadership has no choice: We would be prepared to sustain the counterfactual claim that given the material distribution of power of the 1980s, a rapidly declining Soviet Union would have most likely sued for peace in the Cold War even if led by old thinkers.

Take, for example, the following explanation for World War I by Maier: The irreversible momentum toward general war in 1914 is usually seen as a result of three factors: the hopeless, long-term instability of the Habsburg empire, the rigid structure of opposing alliances, and the ineluctable pull of military preparations. (Maier 1988: 822) As we have seen in the section on the concept of cause, a complete causal explanation can be taken to be all those conditions which are individually necessary and jointly sufficient for the outcome.

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