When the last tank stopped firing in the deserts of Iraq at the end of the Gulf War, the coalition of allies that defeated Saddam Hussein began to think in terms of solving the long-standing dispute between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. Thus was born a protracted peace process known simply as Oslo.
Tragically, a decade of intense diplomacy and negotiation has given way to widespread violence; some analysts, aware of the real potential catastrophic war in the region, openly wonder if this will all lead to a “last war,” of sorts.
After 60 trips to the Middle East, David Allen Lewis brings an astonishing perspective to all this in The Last War, a laymen’s guide to peace and conflict in the cradle of civilization. From his interviews with high-profile leaders like Ariel Sharon, to his decades of experience, Lewis provides the reader with a scintillating view of a region most of us know little about.