Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali (born 21 October 1943), is a British Pakistani military historian
Military history
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, novelist, journalist
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, filmmaker, public intellectual, political campaigner, activist, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review
New Left Review
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and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian
The Guardian
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, CounterPunch
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, and the London Review of Books
London Review of Books
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He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1991), Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of Hope (2006), Conversations with Edward Said (2005), Bush in Babylon
Bush in Babylon
Bush in Babylon is a book by the historian Tariq Ali, that attacks the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The book comprises two parts, the first being a modern history of Iraq, the second a condemnation of the 2003 invasion. Ali uses poetry and critical essays to express his ideas.-References:Bush in...

(2003), and Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007), The Duel (2008) and The Obama Syndrome (2010).
Ali was born and raised in Lahore
Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in the country. With a rich and fabulous history dating back to over a thousand years ago, Lahore is no doubt Pakistan's cultural capital. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Lahore remains a...


For all their incoherence and senseless rage, their message is attractive to those layers of the population who yearn for some order in their lives. If the fanatics promise to feed them and educate their children they are prepared to forgo the delights of CNN and BBC World.

Referring to the Taliban|Taliban. The Clash of Fundamentalisms (ISBN 1-85984-457-X), pg. 200.

Even if you reject everything, it is always better to know what it is you are rejecting.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms