Sunday, April 09, 2006

A Tale Between Two Articles

Joseph Kraft in the New Yorker, Dec. 11, 1978. (link; h/t, Farber.)

Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker, Apr. 17, 2006. (link)

[Mohammed al-Tehrani, this one's for you!]


Blogger eb:

I haven't caught up on the New Yorker (yet), but for an even older tale, you may also be interested in this article on British air control in the middle east ("The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control and the British Idea of Arabia") from the most recent American Historical Review, which I think you should be able to get through your university. It's more about Iraq than Iran, but all about the idea of policing a territory from the air.

4/10/2006 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Thanks for the pointer, eb.

It might take me a bit to follow up on it, mind you.

4/11/2006 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger eb:

You could just read paragraphs 18-23 and decide on whether to follow up on anything else afterwards. With unfogged down I couldn't figure out where to link this. For various reasons I've decided not to blog it.

4/11/2006 01:15:00 AM  
Blogger Gary Farber:

"...this article on British air control in the middle east...."

This will be on British policy post-Versailles as Churchill and Gertrude Bell created Iraq and were early pioneers in the use of bombing and gas as far cheaper and easier than using ground troops, I'm betting.

4/11/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous eb:

Yes, it's pretty much about the British determining that bombing + special agents providing reconaissance on the ground to be, in the minds of the policymakers, the most effective way of policing Iraq and a few of the surrounding areas.

4/11/2006 11:28:00 PM  

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