Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq

Overview

Following the US declaration of a "war on terror," Washington hawks were quick to label Iraq part of an "axis of evil." After a tense build-up, in March 2003 the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, purportedly to protect Western publics from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But was this the real reason, or simply a convenient pretext to veil a covert agenda?

Using official sources, Ahmed investigates US...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $2.49   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$2.49
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(1853)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
0865715068 BRAND NEW. We are a tested and proven company with over 900,000 satisfied customers since 1997. We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much ... faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Nashua, NH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$35.45
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(323)

Condition: New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Following the US declaration of a "war on terror," Washington hawks were quick to label Iraq part of an "axis of evil." After a tense build-up, in March 2003 the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, purportedly to protect Western publics from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But was this the real reason, or simply a convenient pretext to veil a covert agenda?

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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865715066
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
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
7 False Pretexts 150
Conclusions: Subjugation or Hope? 243
Postscript: The 'Liberation' of Iraq 273
Notes 303
Index 340
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Fascinating (if conspiracy rings true)

    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  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Fine exposure of US policy

    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  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)