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Last Chance and Accidental Guerrilla

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Last Chance and Accidental Guerrilla

David Gardner's new book Last Chance: the Middle East in the Balance is excellent, arguing that the West has consistently undermined democracy and its own interests in the Middle East by supporting tyrants.

Jon Snow says 'this is a book that should be in the hand baggage of every one of President Obama's Middle East negotiators.' I think it already is, or at least the ideas are in their heads. I hope so.

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David's political arguments fit with David Kilcullen's Accidental Guerrilla, which says American can invade and transform countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan but the cost is so high and the timescale so long that it is better not to start.

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