A History of Violence

Writer says Middle East relations haven't changed much over the past 200 years.

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In Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, historian Michael Oren chronicles the 225-year timeline that’s led us to the war in Iraq. “America’s history in the Middle East did not begin after World War II,” he says. “We have a long, rich, and nuanced history in the region.” Oren spent more than three years researching a huge number of original documents to get to the bottom of the relationship. “After 9/11, Americans were asked to make some very profound decisions about their future in the Middle East,” he says. “And they had no historical context.” Despite the rocky past, Oren says he’s hopeful. “The Middle East is not a static region,” he says. “It’s far more open and stable than it’s ever been.”
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