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The Iraqi predicament : people in the quagmire of power politics
Ismael, Tareq Y.
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London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2004.
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x, 271 pages ; 23 cm
The Iraq question in Arab politics -- The US, September 11 and the invasion of Iraq -- The UN sanctions : tools of domination and oppression -- Social deconstruction : social development under siege -- Russia and the question of Iraq.
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On February 15, 2003, over 6 million people around the world marched in protest against a threatened war on Iraq. In the light of these remarkable events, and the conflict that followed, it is now more important than ever to properly assess Iraq's role in world politics.This book provides a history of Iraq, an assessment of its position in the broader political landscape, and a moving account of the day-to-day reality experienced by the Iraqi people.The authors look at Iraq's -- and Saddam Hussein's -- relations and influence in the region of the greater Middle East. They examine the role of the UN, sanctions and warfare, explaining the impact this has had on Iraq's civil population and related humanitarian questions.They assess American policy towards Iraq and how this has changed since September 11, setting it within the broader context of America's involvement in the Middle East. Finally, they look at social policy within Iraq, explaining how the internal welfare system has collapsed since the Gulf War, and examining the continuing effects of depleted uranium.

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Tareq Y. Ismael is a professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary, Canada & President of the International Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at eastern Mediterranean University. His most recent works include Middle East Politics Today (2001), Turkey's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (2003), & Iraq: The Human Cost of History (2003).

Jacqueline S. Ismael is a professor of Social Work at the University of Calgary & adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Eastern Mediterranean University. Her latest works include Civil Society & The Oppressive State in the Arab World (2001) andThe Communist Movement in Syria & Lebanon (1997).

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This book purports to be a case study of the degeneration of international politics based on an examination of the international setting as reflected in the relationship between Iraq, the US, and the UN in recent years. The authors claim that their study, a microcosm of the larger world, will reveal more of the interrelationship and interconnectedness in the world. Unfortunately, the book does not do this. For the authors, the Iraq question has the aura of folly that will have profound repercussions for regional and international politics. This is a highly contentious work, in which individuals such as Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, and Annie Lacroix-Riz are quoted for their political wisdom. It is infused with relentless criticism of US policy, of what they call the "the Bush-Cheney power bloc," of "dollar hegemony," and of the supposed present US "drive for manifest destiny." The book is ungenerous in its assessment of distinguished writers on Middle East history and politics. In light of the successful democratic election in Iraq in February 2005, the conclusion that the US is reluctant to open up the political process there and build the formation of a new Iraqi government is sadly misguided. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. M. Curtis emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 Introduction: The International Settingp. 1
2 The Iraq Question in Arab Politicsp. 9
Arab Popular Opinionp. 11
Arab Regional Politicsp. 17
Arab Regional Politics and the Iraq Questionp. 21
3 The US, September 11 and the Invasion of Iraqp. 39
The Development of American Policy Towards the Middle Eastp. 42
Understanding Dollar Hegemonyp. 53
Background to the Presidency of George W. Bush and September 11p. 56
The Aftermath of September 11p. 57
The Prism of Media Power Discoursep. 60
Prelude to Invasionp. 68
Invasion and the Aftermathp. 75
Conclusionp. 87
4 UN Sanctions: Tools of Domination and Oppressionp. 90
Tools of Coercionp. 91
Tools of Domination and Oppressionp. 95
Weapons Inspectionp. 95
Humanitarian Aidp. 101
Aid without Inspectionsp. 108
5 Social Deconstruction: Social Development under Siege (co-authored with Shereen T. Ismael)p. 126
Social Development before the 1990-91 Gulf Warp. 126
Social De-development after the 1990-91 Gulf Warp. 130
Assessments of the Humanitarian Impact of Sanctions on Iraqp. 136
Depleted Uranium in Iraqp. 151
People in the Quagmire: '...a minor point in the history of...war'p. 153
The Invasion Attacks on Infrastructuresp. 155
Targeting Ambulances and Medical Infrastructurep. 157
The Plight of Hospitals under US Occupationp. 158
Gallantry of Selfless Iraqi Health Workersp. 161
The Tragedy of Iraqis Continuesp. 164
Conclusionp. 165
6 Russia and the Question of Iraqp. 167
Soviet Backgroundp. 168
Post-Soviet Russia and Iraqp. 174
Notesp. 210
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 260