THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
Mitchell Bard, PhD.
Manny The Diplomat
And you thought I was joking, didn’t you? Let me ask you something,
when you watch CNN or read Drudge Report online, how much of what they
are reporting from Israel makes sense to you? Do you know the
difference between a Muslim and a Jew? Do you know what the prophet
Mohammed said about Jews in the Koran? Can you explain why the Israeli
government gave back land they won against all odds in the six day war
and why they won’t give back the Golan Heights? Furthermore, do you
know why Saddam Hussein attacked Israel with scud missiles when the
United States went to war with Iraq?
I didn’t know the answers to any of these questions when I started
reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle East Conflict. Now I
do. Can you think of a better reason for reading this book? The next
time some asshole at the water cooler goes spouting off about the need
for Sharon to accept a Palestinian state without provisions you can
knock that fat bastard off his feet with succinct points about Arafat’s
policy of uncompromising terror and intifada and Jordan’s expulsion of
their own people. That ought to shut him up fast and have the cute
chicks thinking you’re worldly and sophisticated. If for nothing else
it will give you something to think about and allow you a small insight
into one of the world’s most controversial places.