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By Stephen Gowans

When President Barack Obama demanded officially in the summertime of 2011 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down, it used to be now not the 1st time Washington had sought regime switch in Damascus. the U.S. had waged an extended warfare opposed to Syria from the very second the country's fiercely self reliant Arab nationalist movement—of which Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad have been dedicated devotees—came to energy in 1963. Washington sought to purge Arab nationalist effect from the Syrian nation and the Arab international extra extensively since it was once a danger to its time table of building worldwide primacy and selling business-friendly funding climates for US banks, traders and companies during the global. Arab nationalists aspired to unify the world's four hundred million Arabs right into a unmarried super-state able to demanding usa hegemony in West Asia and North Africa and changing into a tremendous participant at the international degree loose from the domination of the previous colonial powers and the USA. Washington had waged lengthy wars at the leaders of the Arab nationalist movement—Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, Iraq's Saddam, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria's Assads, usually allying with relatively violent sorts of political Islam to undermine its Arab nationalist foes. by way of 2011, just one pan-Arabist country remained within the region—Syria. In Washington's lengthy battle on Syria Stephen Gowans examines the decades-long fight among secular Arab nationalism, political Islam, and usa imperialism for regulate of Syria, the self-proclaimed Den of Arabism, and final secular pan-Arabist kingdom within the region.

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