Magazine January 26, 2015, Issue

Britain and the Arabs

Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf — volume 1, The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly (New English Review, 356 pp., $24.95)The Oil Cringe of the West — volume 2, The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly (New English Review, 354 pp., $24.95)

As a correspondent covering the Six-Day War of 1967 and its aftermath, I had observed Yasser Arafat mobilizing the Palestine Liberation Organization for a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. According to Chairman Mao, then still much admired by left-wing intellectuals, power was supposed to come from the barrel of a gun. The Face of Defeat (1972) is the book in which I expressed the view that nothing could come from this course of armed action except endless and probably irrevocable harm to the Palestinians. Determined to keep with the trend, the Times Literary Supplement

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