Behind the Invasion of Iraq

Behind the Invasion of Iraq

Research Unit for Political Economy
Copyright Date: 2003
Published by: NYU Press,
Pages: 144
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    Behind the Invasion of Iraq
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    "This book contributes significantly ot the conversation seeking to understand the international forces at play in the threatening war on Iraq."-Nelson Mandela

    "Behind the Invasion of Iraq . . .synthesizes the seemingly disparate threads of the U.S. war drive in a blistering indictment of American foreign policy . . .The effect is of puzzle pieces clicking into place."-Counterpunch

    Since September 11, 2001, there have been many accounts of the ways in which the alignment of global power is changing or will be changed by the U.S.'s "war on terrorism." Most of them take as their starting point the options facing the wealthy and powerful nations of the world seeking to control an ever larger share of the world's resources.Behind the Invasion of Iraqis written from a different perspective, and one that makes possible a far more comprehensive point of view.

    Its authors, Research Unit for Political Economy, are rooted in the politics of a Third World country-India-which has long been on the receiving end of imperialist power. As a consequence, they have a more sober view of the workings of global power. In clear and accessible prose, weighing the evidence carefully and tracing events to their root causes, they move beyond moral outrage to a clear view of the process being set in motion by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. They show that the invasion of Iraq is a desperate gamble by a section of the U.S. ruling elite to preserve their power, driven by the wish to stave off economic crisis through military means. Their efforts will not end with Iraq, but will require the recolonization of the middle East.

    Behind the Invasion of Iraqexposes the idea that war will bring democracy to the Middle East as so much propaganda. In a context where so many rulers are themselves clients of the United States, the war is aimed not at the rulers but at the masses of ordinary people whose hostility to imperialism has not been broken even by corrupt and autocratic rulers. This book describes the remaking of global power with a truly global awareness of what is at stake.

    eISBN: 978-1-58367-407-9
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-6)
    (pp. 7-12)
    Rajani X. Desai
  4. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 13-18)

    U.S. imperialism has announced its intention to launch an invasion of Iraq and to change the regime there. The impending invasion is the culmination of U.S. efforts for the last decade. The 1991 U.S. attack on Iraq in the name of evacuating Kuwait not only caused a terrible immediate loss of life but systematically and deliberately devastated the entire civilian infrastructure of Iraq. Eleven years of sanctions have already wreaked unparalleled devastation in the country’s economic life and effected what a senior UN official termed “genocide” by systematically starving the country of elementary needs. Iraq is not free to spend...

  5. 2. Western Imperialism and Iraq
    (pp. 19-54)

    Three themes stand out in Iraq's history over the last century, in the light of the present U.S. plans to invade and occupy that country.

    First, the attempt by imperialist powers to dominate Iraq in order to grab its vast oil wealth. As regards this there is hardly a dividing line between oil corporations and their home governments, with the governments undertaking to promote, secure, and militarily protect their oil corporations.

    Second, the attempt by each imperialist power to exclude others from the prize.

    Third, the vibrancy of nationalist opposition among the people of Iraq and indeed the entire region...

  6. 3. The Real Reasons for the U.S. Invasion of Iraq—and Beyond
    (pp. 55-108)

    The United States’ current strategic agenda is of staggering proportions. It is not secret: it is being discussed openly in the American press and academia; various documents reflecting it, official and semi official, are in circulation; and the United States is implementing that agenda at breakneck speed. By the time this book is published, the United States will have begun its bombing and invasion of Iraq, the second third world country to be attacked in less than two years.

    On the face of it, current American plans, as outlined below, are so sweeping and ambitious as to be adventurist and...

  7. 4. Rehabilitating Colonialism
    (pp. 109-130)

    A flurry of articles and books has appeared in the United States and U.K. making the case for, or simply announcing, a new type ofcolonialism,or direct rule by an imperial power. The authors, albeit intellectually pedestrian, are important and influential individuals. The sudden emergence of this “new” doctrine is significant: it is part of an explicit attempt to prepare public opinion for mainly U.S. plans in the near future.

    The entire history of colonialism, since its emergence five centuries ago, has been marked by points of resistance by the colonized peoples to their subjugation and plunder; but it...

  8. Notes
    (pp. 131-139)
  9. Index
    (pp. 140-144)