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Syncretic ideologies were the rule, and while these leaders were opposed to Islamic traditionalism and monarchies they also tended to be inefficient, unstable, and corrupt. In Egypt the United States supported Nasser, who became formal head of the nation in November 1954 and spent the next two years trying to consolidate his precarious domestic political position. Nasser played on divisions among American decision makers, but they all had no doubt he was, in his own way, staunchly anti-Soviet. ” 4 Nasser miscalculated and alienated the United States in May 1956 by recognizing Communist China, and two months later Washington canceled an offer to loan Egypt money to build the Aswan Dam.

London successfully stressed the Communist danger, but Washington also decided that it would take over the once crucial British role. The following August, despite mishaps which almost produced failure, the shah was installed as a virtual dictator. Working under a deadline to force the British hand, the Iranians hired the former head of Texaco to advise them, while the official American representative to the renewed oil negotiations was a former consultant to major American oil companies. S. firms got 40 percent of the new company; even the shah disliked the new terms, but the British were the major losers.

And Pakistani intelligence and military administered most of this effort, and Pakistan made certain that much of this aid was funneled to friendly Pashtuns in anticipation that they would become the dominant influence 15 24997 CH01 1/4/08 3:22 PM Page 16 A N OT H E R C E N T U RY O F WA R ? in that beleaguered nation once the Russians were driven out, there is no question that bin Laden had Saudi authorization for his heavy responsibilities. Without this massive amount of American funding and weapons there was no possibility of defeating the Soviets militarily.

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