Inside the Resistance: The Iraqi Insurgency and the Future of the Middle East
Zaki Chehab. New York: Nation Books, 2005. 368 pp. Index. $26.00.
Reviewed by David J. Danelo
For those who can tolerate the occasional anti-Israel polemic or other fitful diatribes, Inside the Resistance by Lebanese journalist Zaki Chehab merits a close look. Buried beneath the screed is some interesting stuff.
Chehab's book offers something only a handful of western journalists (Anthony Shadid, Patrick Graham) have attempted to produce: an insider's look at the insurgency. The veteran journalist has some background with the topic: he had interviewed the father of one of the 9/11 hijackers-who had not known his son was a radical-before the attacks and followed up with him after the tragedy. This provides a poignant prologue to Chehab's illustrations of the violence that permeates Iraq.