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The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ [Reading] ➸ The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower Author Robert Baer – Dcmdirect.co.uk The Iranian ParadoxOne Friday morning in I attended prayer services at Tehran UnNgerprint youAs I followed him to his office he explained that his ministry had started fingerprinting Americans after the United States instituted the same practice for Iranians visiting the United States It was a simple matter of reciprocity eual justice I had to stop him from apologizing Iran still had the capacity to surprise meA misconception Americans have about Iran is that Iranians hate us and our culture But thats not true They simply hate what they consider our occupation of large swaths of the Middle East I saw this most clearly when making a documentary about suicide bombers in southern Lebanon a couple of years ago Hezbollah an Iranian proxy whose name means party of God in Arabic had invited us to film at its martyrs school in Nabatiyah to see how their next generation was turning outAllahs little soldiersNabatiyah itself holds a celebrated place in the history of Lebanons Shia On October on the Muslim holiday of Ashura an Israeli patrol tried to cut through a procession of Shia faithful Rocks flew and the Israelis fired back killing two Lebanese The incident sparked what came to be known as the Islamic resistance an insurgency the Israelis couldnt put down no matter what they threw back at itEighteen years of unforgiving war followed until the Israelis finally pulled their troops out of Lebanon in May This was a critical turning point the first time that Israel was forced to cede land under fire The Middle East suddenly discovered Hezbollah which emerged stronger than ever both politically and militarily For many Arabs Nabatiyah was Hezbollahs Boston Tea Party Israels forced departure from Lebanon was its Waterloo But Iran knew the fighting wasnt over and it built the school in Nabatiyah as an incubator for a new generation of suicide bombers for the next warAs we pulled up to the three story school building perched on a bare hill I was struck by the eerie silence The only sound was the mean thin wind that cut across the jagged limestone escarpmentClasses were in session but there was none of the laughing or shouting youd normally hear at an American school There were no students out front No cars or even a bicycle in sightthe students all walk from their homes in Nabatiyah The grounds were immaculate from the raked gravel walks to the avocado exterior and the whitewashed classrooms The school was a model of order and cleanliness But thats something Id noticed in the last twenty five years about Iran and its proxy Hezbollah they manage to impose order where there was none before From the Hardcover editionA masterpieceBaer s brilliant analysis of Sunni versus Shia Arab versus Iranian and Christian versus Muslim is shocking revealing and provocative Baer lifts the veil of Western media hype and challenges the simplistic solutions offered by experts whosevision is blurredbythe past Through his knowledge long term experience and ability toassess the changing landscapeof thisvital region he not only shatters the foundations of conventionalthinking but also offers a practicable blueprint for turning things aroundJohn Perkins author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit ManThe most important and original book on the Middle East to appear in many years Baers subject is the growing power of Iran his goal is ending the pattern of American failure his message is that weve been backing the wrong horse This is a book McCain and Obama should ponderThomas Powers Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets and Intelligence Wars The Devil We Know Bob Baer has once again peered into the future and has brought back uncomfortable truths that won t satisfy any partisan But his book does force us to do something that unfortunately doesn t come naturally to the chattering classes ThinkJames Risen Pulitzer Prize winning author of State of War The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush AdministrationAn important text studded with keen insights into a nation about which America remains dangerously misinformed Kirkus ReviewsTimely and provocativeadds an important perspective to a crucial international debate Publishers WeeklyChallenges conventional wisdom a timely and provocative analysis Denver Pos.

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The Internet the changing sexual sthey augur a country modernizing looking beyond its bordersOne piece of Iran thats trying to modernize but cant is the economy For the life of me I couldnt find a single good restaurant in Tehran The restaurants reminded me of those in the Soviet Union buffets with lousy service There werewaiters than needed but all of them stood around surly turning away when you wanted something Kitchens ran out of everything And breakfasts were peculiar with mountains of watermelon and boiled eggs and nothing else Omelets were apparently an outrageous luxury though with relentless charm and cajoling you might get oneAnother thing that reminded me of the Soviet Union were the soulless water streaked cement apartment buildings office buildings and hotels Concierges are invariably polite but hopeless in trying to help you with anything Phones mostly dont work and Internet connections are erratic To be sure there are well heeled Iranian elite reading Lolita and dining on nouvelle cuisine but they keep out of sightTehrans big problem is the internal combustion engine The Iranian national car the Peykan is one of the noisiest worst polluting and least fuel efficient cars in the world It was in production for forty years and many of the cars on Irans roads predate the revolution With gasoline running as low as cents a gallon until recently though there wasnt much incentive for change Even so in the last three years Iranian cars have been converted to natural gas or hybrids and today Tehrans smog has cleared up enough to see the snow covered Elburz Mountains to the northWhen I visited south Tehrans Kumaila Mosue ground zero of Ayatollah Khomeinis revolution I noticed the distinct smell of opium smoke drifting through the narrow alleys This was a conservative neighborhood the place where the Islamic revolution started yet there was an incomprehensible tolerance for a vice forbidden almost everywhere else in the worldAnd it wasnt as if the Iranian government couldnt close down the opium dens if it wanted to Iran is a police state Every day I drove around Tehran or walked around the streets and bazaars I was stopped and my papers checkedjust because I looked out of place a foreigner The tamperproof ID card I was issued by the Ministry of Information wassophisticated than those youd find in the United Statesa permanent digital record of the exCIA agent now an accredited journalist in IranThe contradictions continue Tehrans Imam Khomeini International Airport is one of the most modern and least traveled in the worldand I should add the most polite On arrival I handed my passport to an immigration official wearing the hijab or head covering When she saw I was American she said Im so sorry She entered my name on the flat screen monitor then picked up the phone and called someone A minute later a man in a suit without a tie appeared behind her He motioned for me to follow himTheres no point in pretending I felt anything other than dread I knew the reputation of the Iranian secret police during both the Shahs regime and the revolution I remembered how we came across pictures of Iranian dissidents in Tehrans notorious Evin Prison left in the courtyard in the freezing cold their legs broken with baseball bats Or pictures of the CIAs station chief in Beirut after hed been beaten by Iranian proxies and left to die of pneumonia Or of Iranian liberals in the late nineties executed in their homes Even today the Iranians still occasionally serve up medieval punishment for crimes including amputations and public floggingsAnd Americans even after a certain thaw in Iranian American relations werent immune from the Iranian police state On March the former FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to the Iranian free trade zone of Kish Islandand disappeared like a diamond in an inkwell At this writing the FBIs best guess is that a rogue element of Irans intelligence service grabbed him Not exactly what youd expect from a modern country But this is the most important nuance of Iran Its a country desperately trying to modernize not one that has already modernizedI waited nervously until the man in the suit came back Im very sorry he said but we must fi.

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