Jonathan Cook, a journalist, has written an interesting book. Its strength lies in its shrewd analysis of the Zionist state's schemes to dominate the Middle East. Its weakness lies in the unrealistic treatment of the other forces in the region.
Cook sees nothing wrong with Hamas or with the fascistic Iranian government. He also ignores the problems of Islamic fundamentalism and of terrorism, and the role of the Saudi state in funding and promoting fundamentalism and terrorism. Does he think that those who oppose fundamentalism and Sharia Law are `Islamophobes'?
He notes that the British state supported Zionism from the start of the last century, and that the Macmillan government gave Israel the nuclear bomb after Suez. But he does not mention that the British state has supported Israel ever since, never more than under Blair and Brown. He also ignores the US-British-Israeli alliance and the EU's role in backing Israel.
The only acceptable and effective regime change is from within, by class struggle. Occupation by outsiders produces only a war of all against all, the sectarian chaos of feuding warlords and clans, as in pre-revolutionary China and now in occupied Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the US-British-Israeli alliance aims to do the same to Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Israel's government wants not `two states for two peoples', but `five states for two peoples'; the core, Israel, surrounded by a ring of armed settlement blocs, and then by four isolated Bantustans for the Palestinians.
Of course, we must oppose the US, British and Israeli states' wars for power and oil in the Middle East. But we must also oppose Islamic fundamentalism.