Review: Irene Gendzier, Dying to Forget: Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Here’s my review of Gendzier’s Dying to Forget, which I’ve titled: “Oil, US’s Principle Goal in Middle East”:
Irene Gendzier shows in, Dying to Forget, that the United States’ principle goal in the Middle East is “the protection of its . . . access and control of oil”. In pursuing this goal, which required containment of opposition against US oil interests in this region, the US supported the establishment and military development of a Jewish state, as well as accepted the expulsion/ethnic cleansing, terror, and death of Palestinians. Laments about how “complicated” things are in the Middle East are based on forgetting this simple fact: it’s about oil!

Numerous pages of detail not directly related to US oil interest and/or Palestine should have been summarized or omitted but, hey, nobody’s perfect!

I’ve posted this review on Amazon and a related post, “Religion, Oil, and the Middle East”, on my blog.


About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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