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The Petroleum TriangleOil, Globalization, and Terror$
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Steve A. Yetiv

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450020

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450020.001.0001

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Rising Anti-Americanism in the Global Audience

Rising Anti-Americanism in the Global Audience

(p.87) 3 Rising Anti-Americanism in the Global Audience
The Petroleum Triangle

Steve A. Yetiv

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the factors fueling anti-Americanism and support or sympathy for Al-Qaeda around the world. It considers the historical perspective in the Middle East and beyond: that the United States is a power-hungry imperialist actor seeking control over oil, a state bent on advancing its interests at the expense of local Muslims. If we accept the notion that the historical perspective is in play and distorts U.S. intentions, we can see how it can shape how actors view the United States. Arguably, it has contributed to the complex mosaic of motivations that drives terrorists and that has brought them some support or sympathy in the broader global audience. It is impossible to measure the impact of the historical perspective, but it appears to play a role in this region where history is vital in shaping modern views, and in a world of interconnections and real-time media coverage that feed the perspective and that are fed by it.

Keywords:   Al-Qaeda, terrorists, terrorism, oil, anti-Americanism, United States, historical perspective

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