Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm

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George Bush Sr. described Saddam Hussein as the "new Hitler," while his son, George W., during a recent state of the union address, accused Iraq of being part of an "axis of evil." Since 1990 few places have inspired such high dudgeon in U.S. political circles as Iraq, a country easily demonized, simplified or even obscured by the formidable Saddam Hussein. In this short, pithy primer, the celebrated journalist and historian Dilip Hiro looks beyond the spin of both the Bush administration and Saddam's Ba-athist ...

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George W. Bush could succeed where Osama bin Laden failed in provoking a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West by launching a "pre-emptive" attack on Iraq. This is one ... of the disturbing concludions to Iraq: IN the Eye of the Storm, a wide-ranging and thought provoking book by Middle East expert Dilip Hiro. He looks beyond the spin of the Bush administration and Saddam's Baathist regime to explore Iraq in all it's complexity - from the daily life of its people to its turbulent history and complex regional relations. While laying bare Saddam's cult of personality and his extensive intelligence apparatus, he details several unsuccessful attempts by the US-backed opposition to oust him. He provides an objective account of the performance of the UN inspectors, and matches the descriptions of Saddam's "cheat-and-retreat" tactics with Washingtons flagrant abuse of UN inspection in which personnel were used for espionage with the aim of overthrowing Saddam's government. 271 pages including notes, appendices and an index. 12mo - over 6?" - 7?" tall. Read more Show Less

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George Bush Sr. described Saddam Hussein as the "new Hitler," while his son, George W., during a recent state of the union address, accused Iraq of being part of an "axis of evil." Since 1990 few places have inspired such high dudgeon in U.S. political circles as Iraq, a country easily demonized, simplified or even obscured by the formidable Saddam Hussein. In this short, pithy primer, the celebrated journalist and historian Dilip Hiro looks beyond the spin of both the Bush administration and Saddam's Ba-athist regime to explore Iraq in all its complexity. Combining case histories and searching political analysis, Hiro explores everyday life in Iraq now, describing the lives of the Iraqi "street" and the effect sanctions have had on their lives. From there he paints a broader picture of Iraq that is both nuanced and vivid, emphasizing the dual importance of the Gulf War of 1991, and the Iran-Iraq war of 1980–88, and the role of the U.S., first friend and then foe, to the Ba-athist regime. He examines the brutal role of Saddam and the Ba-aath Party, his personality cult and its lethal security apparatus, as well as attempts of the internal and external Saddam opposition to overthrow Saddam. Hiro also weighs the achievements and failures of the sanctions regime, especially how the U.S. has used U.N. sanctions as a way to advance its own unilateral policy toward Iraq. Hiro concludes by warning of the potentially catastrophic outcome to Bush's plans to attack Iraq and violently overthrow Saddam—to regional stability, the world economy, and the lives of many innocent Iraqis. Included are photographs that add to this timely publication. "Dilip Hiro ... is a model political analyst. His approach is incorrigibly non-partisan as it is methodical."—Justin Wintle, The Sunday Times (London)

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Since the end of the 1991 Gulf War, the United States has undertaken a number of steps to oust Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and prevent the development of weapons of mass destruction by his government. These measures have included a combination of political, military, and economic sanctions against Iraq to weaken Hussein's government and hasten its demise. In this highly readable and provocative book, Hiro, the insightful veteran journalist and author of 24 books on the Middle East and related subjects, offers a critical analysis of both the Iraqi regime and the West's duplicitous role in buttressing Saddam Hussein when he was useful for advancing Washington's regional interests. An interesting feature of this volume is the series of thought-provoking questions and comments that appear in the book's appendixes. Although Hiro catalogs charges against Iraq, this is no polemic; he writes within an easy-to-understand and nonideological framework. Highly recommended for informed citizenry and all public libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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A scrupulous and discerning vest-pocket contemporary history of Iraq from a writer with a well-earned reputation for evenhandedness (Neighbors, Not Friends, 2001, etc.). Hiro does an elegant job of situating Iraq within the political economy of its region, commenting on the country's role in American foreign and domestic policy, and considering the effects of the embargo, with its multifarious implications. All of this is no easy matter, requiring Hiro to make sense of a tangle of connections, many leading back to US actions. The background material becomes more detailed with the Iran-Iraq War, followed by a discussion of the Gulf War and the geopolitical decision not to remove Saddam from power. Hiro looks closely at the sanctions and the way the blame for their effects, once hoped to be laid at the doorstep of Saddam Hussein, has now shifted to the US; how that fact will influence any unilateral act of war on America's part; how shortages of food and medical supplies have hurt the Iraqi citizens; and how an embargo on news and literature have isolated the Iraqi middle class and kept them out of touch with the rest of the world. There's an examination of the evolution of the Baath party from progressive to repressive institution, and Hiro explains the conflicts between US officials and UN inspection teams. He doesn't question that Saddam is a murderous blot on the political landscape of the Middle East, but he does question the US's aggressive pursuit of the embargo, activities outside the UN mandate, and neo-conservative agenda of "increased spending on defense under the rubric of enhancing national security"; after all, US hawks have never satisfactorily established Iraq's terroristthreat, though willing now openly to flout international law. Under Hiro's steady and searching light, no political interest emerges from Iraq's recent history without blood on its hands or egg on its face, while, it seems, interest in the Iraqi people has fallen off the radar.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560254775
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/2002
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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