Blackwater and Jihad

The August/September 2007 issue of the Catholic Worker had reviews of two books that might be of interest to readers of this site:

Book Review: Blackwater: The rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army. By Jeremy Scahill, Nationa Books, NY 2007 Reviewed by Tom Cornell. - Mostly favorable review of book critical of the use of private security firms in war zones and the lack of accountability that creates. James Scahill spoke about his book to Truthdig and to Democracy Now.

Book Review: Journey of a Jihadist. By Fawaz A. Gerges. Harcourt, NY, 2007. Reviewed by Bill Griffin. - Favorable review of a book by author who was born in 1958 in Lebanon and whose experience was marked by Christians and Muslims living in peace. Book argues that the September 11, 2001 attacks were rejected by all but a small minority of Islam and that Jihadist Islam's greatest support at the current time is the United States, which is providing plausibility to the Jihadist claims that the US is engaging in a long term crusade against the Islamic world.