Hey FoH listeners,
So this week I read Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict, by William Harris. In this awesome little book (just 170 pages or so), the author, a professor of politics in New Zealand, offers the best summary of the twin wars in the Fertile Crescent from 2011-present. He offers a stunning synthesis of a chaotic, multi-faceted war, and how the U.S. got itself involved. He demonstrates that the wars in Syria and Iraq fed off of one another, leading to a spiral of violence that shook – and still shakes – the region. The U.S. is now – by choice – deeply enmeshed in this intractable conflict. My fear after reading this book: it won’t end well.
Check it out and draw your own conclusions!
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