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Posted August 7, 2006
Useful account of the occupation of Iraq
Antonia Juhasz is a Visiting Scholar at Washington¿s Institute for Policy Studies, and a leading anti-globalisation activist. In this book, she describes the Bush agenda of war, empire and globalization. She examines the activities of the leading US companies Bechtel, Chevron, Halliburton and Lockheed Martin. She studies the USA¿s economic invasion of Iraq and the proposed US-Middle East Free Trade Area. She shows how under globalisation, countries can be made to provide benefits, tax breaks and special funding to foreign corporations, but not to their own local businesses. She presents the horrible reality of the US/British occupation of Iraq, and reminds us, ironically, of the wise words of US Vice-President Dick Cheney and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. Cheney said in 1991, ¿I think to have American military engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of a quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion.¿ Wolfowitz wrote in 1997, ¿A new regime would have become the United States¿ responsibility. Conceivably, this could have led the United States into a more or less permanent occupation of a country that could not govern itself, but where the rule of the foreign occupier would be increasingly resented.¿ In 1994 he wrote, ¿Nothing could have insured Saddam Hussein¿s removal from power short of a full-scale occupation of Iraq. ¿ Even if easy initially, it is unclear how or when it would have ended.¿ We can see that the Bush agenda has failed, and not just in Iraq. War, occupation and globalization have not brought peace, democracy, prosperity and security. Instead, there is growing poverty, extremism, terrorism, war and the danger of war. Even a World Bank report of 1999 admitted, ¿Globalization appears to increase poverty and inequality ... The costs of adjusting to greater openness are borne exclusively by the poor, regardless of how long the adjustment takes.¿ We should indeed, as Ms Juhasz recommends, end the occupation of Iraq, cancel the debts of the debtor countries and reject the US-Middle East Free Trade Area. She writes, ¿It is far easier to replace corporate globalization policy than its advocates would have us believe.¿ But the many who work for peace, prosperity and democracy face frenzied opposition from the few who gain from war, debt and occupation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.