By Jared Cohen
Defying overseas executive orders and interviewing terrorists nose to nose, a tender American excursions adverse lands to benefit approximately center jap formative years? and uncovers a way of life that defies each stereotype.
In 2004, Jared Cohen launched into the 1st of a chain of significant trips to the center East which will comprehend the unfold of radical Islamist violence between Muslim formative years. the result's Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes a lot deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.
Chosen as one in every of Kirkus Review?s most sensible Books of 2007, Cohen?s account starts off in Lebanon, the place he interviews Hezbollah individuals at, of all areas, a McDonald?s. In Iran, he defies executive threats and sneaks into underground events, the place bootleg liquor, Western track, and the web are all effortless to entry. His dicy itinerary additionally takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and different front-line locales. At each one flip, he observes a tradition at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and bold, Children of Jihad exhibits us the long run in the course of the eyes of these who're shaping it.
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DESTINATION IRAN 2. REMOVING THE SHACKLES 3. DEMOCRACY AFTER DARK 4. NUCLEAR PRIDE 5. “DEATH TO AMERICA” 6. THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM 7. THE ALL-NIGHT “PARTY OF GOD” 8. STRUGGLING FOR DIGNITY 9. BABIES IN THE BA’ATH PARTY 10. THE ROAD TO MESOPOTAMIA 11. IRAQIS WHO LIKE US 12. WAKING UP IN THE INSURGENCY EPILOGUE: THE YOUTH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS CHILDREN OF JIHAD PROLOGUE LEBANON, 2005 For a third Wednesday in a row, I had lunch at a Western fast-food chain in Beirut, Lebanon. This time it was McDonald’s.
She didn’t want to interfere with Mr. Sorush’s company, but she would try to arrange interviews for me and meet with me in the afternoon. I wasn’t surprised to find an escort waiting for me in the lobby and as he approached me, he extended his hand and said, “Mr. Cohen, don’t worry, we will take care of all your needs while you are here. I am Mr. ” It was total bullshit, but I was trying to think positively and was willing to play along. ” We flagged down a taxi together and within thirty minutes we had arrived at our first destination, a subway station.
When we didn’t discuss politics, it was easy to forget that these young men were considered by most of the Western world to be terrorists, especially in a cosmopolitan city like Beirut. Beirut is one big paradox. The notorious green line that divided the city between Christians and Muslims during the country’s fifteen-year civil war is visually unrecognizable, as it has been replaced by trendy outdoor cafés and clothing stores. The bombed-out buildings that haunted the Lebanese population with violence now take on an aesthetic appeal as they stand sandwiched between modern structures.