The United States and Iraq: A Modern History is a special compilation book that brings together all the author’s writings on Iraq up to the end of November 2004. The intention of this book is to present one version of Iraq’s recent history in one complete narrative for ease of reference, from an anti-war point of view. Iraq has been a country that has been in the headlines for so long now, and been made so infamous thanks to America’s often-unwarranted obsession with it. Chapters One and Two reproduces Chapters Five and Six from the author’s book, The New World Order: Project for the New American Empire. Chapter Three reproduces Chapter One from the author’s last book, The Real Axis of Evil: The Invasion of Iraq, Western Imperialism, Lies and the Police State. Chapters Four and Five are compilations of the author’s articles about Iraq written over the past year between September 2003 and November 2004. These chapters present an account of Iraq right from the Saddam Hussein era, through the 1991 Gulf War, the UN sanctions of the 1990’s, the invasion of March 2003 and the post-invasion occupation period. The Introduction presents an overview of the recent situation in Iraq, dated to the end of November 2004, and in itself represents the latest major essay by the author on the subject of Iraq consisting entirely of new work.
Chapter One gives an outline of the catastrophe suffered by
Iraq over the years at the hands of America and explains why the “threat”
from Iraq was purely propaganda based on lies, allegations and exaggerations.
The intention will be to show people, especially those who may have supported
the invasion of Iraq, why it was wrong and why it should have been opposed. It
also shows why the “weapons of mass destruction” issue was merely an
American excuse for it to achieve its greater goals. It also shows how from
mid-2002, people became slowly convinced by the American propaganda campaign
helped nicely by an unquestioning media, that there was some “crisis” to be
solved over Iraq. Selected highlights and new information in this chapter include:
An overview and
history of Iraq in recent times, including the sanctions era.
overview of the American propaganda campaign launched in mid-2002 to secure
public support for war against Iraq, drawing on the officially published words
of American leaders.
examples of prominent people and organizations, including American Congress
people, who opposed America’s campaign against Iraq.
major reports on Iraq’s alleged weapons released by America and Britain and
their intelligence services, to show their dubiousness, and reiterates the fact
that its weapons and programs were virtually eliminated by 1998.
America duped the members of the Security Council to pass Resolution 1441
against Iraq in November 2002, and then immediately set about undermining the
resolution’s intent and the Security Council’s will.
America and Europe supplied Iraq with its “weapons of mass destruction”
during the 1980’s.
perspective to the simple notion pushed by America that Saddam Hussein
“brutalised” and “repressed” the population, and in fact used oil
revenues to create a first world economy with excellent social services that
were the envy of the Middle East.
Explains how the
West have allowed Turkey to repress its Kurds, while acting the exact opposite
to Iraq and its Kurds, and points out that the Iraqi Kurds have been encouraged
to rebel with weapons and funding supplied by America and Iran over the decades.
for the first time in a mainstream work (as far as this author is aware) the
apparent lie that is the main example of propaganda used against Iraq – the
massacre at Halabjah in 1988 that was said to have killed 5 000 Kurds.
Situation up to the American Invasion (March 2003)
Chapter Two is the “sequel” to the first Iraq chapter
described above. It updates the situation with Iraq up until the American
invasion of that country and can be presented as the reasons why the war was
wrong and unjustified. The chapter thoroughly reviews the work of the United
Nations inspectors, the American allegations and the push for a Security Council
resolution “authorising” war to show that nothing justified the American
invasion of Iraq. This chapter is dated to the start of the American invasion,
and news reports to date have begun to confirm it, i.e. doubts about the
allegations and intelligence reports. This only confirms the importance of the
work, to show people who may have supported the war, that there was enough
information beforehand to have seriously doubted the allegations. Selected
highlights and new information in this chapter include:
The Invasion of Iraq: March – September 2003
Chapter Three discusses in detail the American invasion of Iraq. The chapter tries to convey the reality of the invasion in terms of the enormous destruction and human suffering that it caused, and which the major Western media outlets tried to cover up and sanitise from their coverage. It also discusses the aftermath of the invasion up until September 2003 when America’s downward slide to disaster had already become clear. The chapter shows how the brutality of the US forces stirred resentment and resistance almost immediately and kick-started the resistance. Selected highlights and new information in this chapter include:
Chapter Four Iraq Aftermath: September 2003 – March 2004
Chapter Four presents the author’s articles on Iraq written between September 2003 and March 2004. The period after the invasion of Iraq and up until the calamitous events of April 2004 is crucial in how it shows the slow decline of America’s fortunes in Iraq. Selected highlights and new information in this chapter include:
· Shows how people were duped into supporting the war by America’s slick pre-invasion propaganda.
· Documents America’s continued slide into chaos and increasing resistance to their rule.
· Shows how the US occupation maintains control of the country just as surely as Saddam Hussein did.
· Continues to document the collapse of the weapons of mass destruction “evidence” that was put forward in the pre-invasion period to justify the war.
· Shows how the resistance to occupation is not confined to the so-called “Sunni triangle” as the US and the media kept saying.
Chapter Five Iraq Aftermath: April – November 2004
Chapter Five presents the author’s articles on Iraq written between April and November 2004. The period from April 2004 saw an explosion of resistance to the foreign occupation, after a simmering situation beforehand. This period would reveal America’s tactics like never before – increasing repression and killing to maintain “control” of a population and keep its puppet regime in power. Selected highlights and new information in this chapter include:
Previous books by Stephen Kaposi:
The New World Order: Project for the New American Empire
The Real Axis of Evil: The Invasion of Iraq, Western Imperialism, Lies and the Police State
Stephen Kaposi has studied world events for a number of years and is
driven by what he believes is the danger of the Bush administration’s war
making and its response to September 11. He has been motivated to publish
important and unique perspectives on current events and The United States and
Iraq: A Modern History continues his work. The author has published over 150
articles on the Internet arguing against American foreign policy and related
subjects. He resides in Sydney, Australia.
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