Don't Panic

Don't Panic

ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East

Book - 2015
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It took a quarter-century of bad strategy, including more than a dozen years of Western air attacks and invasions in the Middle East, to bring the so-called "Islamic State" into existence. Can we somehow manage to avoid the well-trodden path of overreacting to the provocations of Islamist extremists?
     With the rise of ISIS, a new style of terrorism that publicly gloats over acts of extreme cruelty has reawakened the fears of the global audience. But in  Don't Panic , Gwynne Dyer argues that the advent of "Islamic State" and its clones does not substantially raise the risk of major terrorist attacks in Western countries. It does, however, pose a grave threat to the Arab countries of the Middle East.

     In  Don't Panic , Dyer first explains why the Middle East has become the global capital of terrorism. He then examines how terrorist organisations in the Arab world have evolved over time, with particular emphasis on the events of the past fifteen years and the current situation in Syria and Iraq. And in the end Dyer departs from his long-standing position that foreign interventions always make matters worse to argue that a little military intervention of the right kind may avert a genocide in Syria.

     "When my information changes, I alter my conclusions," said John Maynard Keynes. "What do you do, sir?"

Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2015
ISBN: 9780345815866
Branch Call Number: 956.054 DYE
Characteristics: 233 pages

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erfar
Jun 05, 2016

Timely and incisive - a must for anyone who wants to understand what is going on in Syria and Iraq

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22950004968244
Feb 28, 2016

It presents the standard liberal view that there isn't really a problem with Islam. Like most people presenting this view he clearly hasn't bothered to read the Quran. And includes no references from it. He says it's "not about us"; that it's just a an internal political jostling rather than a response to the Quran's clear commandments to kill and subdue the unbelievers, in a worldwide scope. The book is a superficial survey of the news and recent history (looking at his biblio mostly from other articles -- usually from the Guardian -- rather deeper studies found in books).

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dirtbag
Jan 22, 2016

Clear and easy to read. A good short history of radical Islam

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wbmayfreedom61
Jan 19, 2016

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mamabadger56
Dec 31, 2015

This book clarifies the situation in the Middle East, and the stategies and motives behind Islamic State, better than anything I've read. And yes, true to its title, it provides solid reasons not to panic.

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winterwarrior99
Nov 28, 2015

Excellent summary of the history and current (late 2015) positioning of Al Qaeda and IS. Various Western government positions and tactics reviewed and potential scenarios presented.
As a person with some (evening news) knowledge of the area, this book greatly expanded my understanding of the difficulties and why the present is what it is.
At 209 pages, the book provides interesting insight and is well worth the time.

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thebritlass
Oct 24, 2015

Easy to read, this overview of the current players in the Middle East, with a great summary of the history of the events and Western mis-steps that exacerbated the situation, is highly informative. A review of current options, with predicted outcomes, is also very helpful.

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