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The Six-Day War effectively sowed the seeds for the downfall of Arab nationalism, the growth of Islamic extremism, and the animosity between Jews and Palestinians. In this important new work, Laron's fresh interdisciplinary perspective and extensive archival research offer a significant reassessment of a conflict - and the trigger-happy generals behind it - that continues to shape the modern world.
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By Glaudrung on 11-27-17
Laron isn't near as impartial as he thinks he is.
While Laron is confined to only reporting facts (mostly) it is clear that he is personally an anglophone liberal that strongly opposes Israel's foreign policies. Like most western observers Laron knowledge of military concepts is rudimentary at best, especially command and control as he clearly has no concept of the perogatives of theatre and mission commanders.
Also this book is sprinkled with stereotypical thinking about certain groups, particularly the lack of recognition of the differences between the Jewish diaspora and the Israelis, and the belief the generals are hyper-belicose conspiators. Laron openly believes that war and conflict are a product of politicians failing to control the military and that any military action is by necessity unpopular, and Laron seems to realize how narrow that perspective is.
The most obvious fault of Laron is that he always uses words like 'geurrilla' and 'sabotage' instead of 'terrorist' and 'bombing.' And many times Laron uses very specific word choices to imply that Israeli efforts were more brutal than they actually were. Also by continued comparison of terrorists to Vietcong fighters Laron evidently desires these to be viewed the same way, when an entire book could be written about how this is not the case.
Laron shows a typical western reporter's preoccupation with economic issues and national domestic politics. The size of this book shows an thorough Laron was in research so no excuse can be made for these oversights among others.
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