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Using official sources, Ahmed investigates US and British claims about Iraq's WMD programs, and in the process reveals the hidden motives behind the 2003 invasion and the grand strategy of which it is a part. He shows that the true goals of US-British policy in the Middle East are camouflaged by spin, PR declarations, and seemingly noble words. The reality can only be comprehended through knowledge of the history of Western intervention in the region. Ahmed demonstrates that such intervention has been dictated ruthlessly by economic and political interests, with little regard for human rights. He traces events of the past decades, beginning with the West's support for the highly-repressive Shah of Iran, his subsequent usurpation by the Ayatollah's Islamist regime, and the West's resultant backing of Saddam Hussein. The sponsorship of Saddam's tyranny - a self-serving tactic intended to strategically counterbalance Iran - included the supply of technology to build WMD as well as tacit complicity in their use against Iranians and Kurds.
Ahmed's meticulous research into the secret history of Western maneuverings in the Middle East since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire reveals the actual causes of the first Gulf War, the humanitarian catastrophe created by the twelve-year sanctions policy against Iraq, and the consistent obstructions of the Oil for Food program. He also provides information on the West's own widespread use of WMD, and the likely culprits of the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US.
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is a human rights activist and political analyst specializing in the study of conflicts. The Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development, he is the author of a variety of reports on human rights practices, as well as the best-selling book, The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001, published in English, German and Italian. Ahmed's work on the conflict in Afghanistan is a recommended resource in leading universities including Harvard and California State, and he was recently named a Global Expert on War, Peace and International Affairs by the Freedom Network of the Henry Hazlitt Foundation in Chicago. Ahmed appears regularly on radio shows in the US as an expert on US foreign policy.
|Pt. 1||The 1991 Gulf Massacre. The Historical and Strategic Context of Western State Terrorism in the Persian Gulf||21|
|1||The Manipulation of the Middle East||23|
|2||Defending Western Values in Iran||33|
|3||The Iran-Iraq War: Still Defending Western Values||48|
|4||Protecting Order in the Gulf||61|
|Pt. 2||Bleeding the Gulf. The United Nations Sanctions on Iraq and the Corruption of Human Rights Discourse||99|
|5||The US-UN Sanctions on Iraq||101|
|6||The Impact of the Sanctions||112|
|Conclusions: Subjugation or Hope?||243|
|Postscript: The 'Liberation' of Iraq||273|
Posted May 8, 2006
A riveting account of US plans for global hegemony. Yet one cannot help wonder if such an elaborate conspiracy perpetuated by the US governmennt could indeed exist over the course of many presidential administrations and congresses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2004
This fascinating book presents official sources documenting the US ruling class¿s strategy for world domination, centrally for controlling the oil of the Middle East. In particular, it shows how the US¿s rulers adopted Saddam Hussein, used him for more than 30 years, and then turned against him when he disobeyed them. Ahmed cites the American state propagandist Samuel Huntington, ¿Muslims ... fight non-Muslims far more often than do peoples of other civilisations.¿ Huntington could note how many wars the US state has waged against `non-Americans¿ - 74 since 1945. The USA¿s precursor empire, Britain, claimed that in the Middle East it was fighting ¿to defend the area against the brand of Arab nationalism¿, that is, against its people! Similarly now, the occupying forces in Iraq claim to be defending the country - against its people! For nearly 30 years, Saddam Hussein was one of the CIA¿s men in the Middle East, an obedient dictator. The CIA helped Hussein in the 1963 and 1968 coups, giving him lists of trade unionists to be killed (5000 in 1963 alone). In 1980 Iraq attacked Iran, after the US government had given Iraq the green light to invade. There were no frantic US-British efforts at the UN to denounce Iraqi aggression! In 1982, the US government took Iraq off its list of terrorist states. Later, after Iraq had used US-supplied chemical weapons, the US government increased its licensing of dual-use technology exports to Iraq. In 1990, Thatcher and Reagan encouraged Kuwait not to negotiate with Iraq. Then the US government assured Iraq of its neutrality, while planning its attack. The US government told us that Iraq was threatening Saudi Arabia - but commercial satellite pictures showed no Iraqi troops on the border. The Pentagon¿s photos, which it said proved that the troops were there, remain classified. As for the sanctions against Iraq, the US government knew from the start that sanctions would `fully degrade¿ Iraq¿s water treatment facilities. In 1999, the ethical Blair government prevented the shipment of vaccines to Iraqi children. ¿Iraqis will pay the price while he [Saddam] remains in power¿ said the US Deputy National Security Adviser Robert Gates. The genocidal sanctions clearly broke the Geneva Conventions against harming civilians. Now the occupiers are opposing elections, because the wrong people would win ¿ yet more proof that the war was never about democracy, but about oil and obedience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.