AUTHORArmstrong, David / Trento, Joseph
TITLEAmerica and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise
PUBLISHERSteerforth Press
CITYHanover, NH

This exposé by two investigative journalists claims that the U.S. government’s foreign policy, beginning during the Cold War, is responsible for Islamic terrorist threats and nuclear proliferation facing the U.S. in 2007 and beyond. The authors use accounts from customs agents, intelligence officials, and others to show how the U.S. failed to intervene in the black market trade of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and, in fact, looked the other way as Pakistan developed and sold the building blocks for nuclear weapons. The authors explain that during the Cold War, the U.S. desired Islamabad's close cooperation in building up the armed resistance of the Mujahideen to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and therefore ignored evidence suggesting that Pakistan was developing nuclear capabilities. They argue that U.S. and British intelligence had actually maintained close surveillance of A.Q. Khan’s black market activities in Pakistan for years before the news was made public in 2004 that a Pakistani black market network led by Khan had provided nuclear weapons technology to Libya, Iran, and North Korea (DPRK). The indexed book provides a shocking history of nuclear trafficking and the erroneous U.S. foreign policy that encouraged it. Photos of some of the figures involved are included.

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