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

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
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16 Jun 2003
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 programmes, 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 manoeuvrings 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’ programme. 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.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Clairview Books (16 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902636449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902636443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘As the US serves notice that it plans to dominate world affairs by force, this finely researched book offers a timely and powerful warning to us all.’ -- John Pilger, journalist and author of The New Rulers of the World

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Oil and power 27 Dec 2005
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Ahmed's analysis of the war in Iraq contains at least a big part of the truth, and, for me, the essential part.
The war was/is all about control of Middle east oil, because Iraq possesses probably the world's biggest inexpensive and high quality oil reserves.
As Ahmed clearly explains, our technological civilization is totally dependent on oil and the actual oil reserves are now being depleted at a rate of about 2 per cent each year. Control of the oil price is a crucial problem for the West, if it wants to keep its actual living standard.
Saddam, in fact, began to act independently as an oil producer and even asked to be paid in Euros (see an important article in the English paper 'The Guardian' of February 26 2003). If this policy should be adopted by other oil producers, the US would not only lose control of the oil reserves, but even of the oil price.
Fundamentally however, Ahmed's analysis is based on respect of basic human aspirations: freedom, independence, human rights.
One could say that his analysis is naïve (or idealistic), and contrary to 'normal' human behaviour, which is search for power, dominance, unchallenged hegemony. The citations of George F. Kennan and Madeleine Albright in this book are most typical (or should I say, cynical) in that respect.
Ahmed's book is a magnified example of the deeds of an unchallenged political and military power. Of course, as he proves time and again, the international sanctions against Iraq were illegal. Of course, they were intended to the fall of Saddam and the installation of a pro-Western government.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahmed is a genius 1 Nov 2003
This book carries accolades from Gore Vidal and John Pilger, but for me, even at the age of 25, Ahmed's work already surpases theirs. Nafeez Mossadeq Nafeez is quite simply the best political commentator writing today. His 'War on Freedom' took a line of thinking that I had previously dismissed as the domain of conspiracy theorists and made a solid case for it, backed by meticulous research. This level of research is again evident in 'Behind the War on Terror'. This time there is no element of speculation, it is all solid fact. The history of western intervention in Iraq from the end of the first world war to the present date is clearly documented in a highly readable and convincing manner.
At a time when even papers like the Guardian and the Independent carry articles by Blairite liberal imperialists, it is a crying shame that neither of them have snapped up Ahmed as a columnist. His arguments would shatter those of pro war camp. I am tired of hearing their pathetic arguments of 'well would you have kept him in power'. The war cannot be seen in isolation. The sanctions against Iraq that denied them clean water supplies thus causing over a million to die from preventable diseases can only be seen as Biological warfare. It is an incredible but little known fact that two heads of the UN humanitarian mission in Iraq resigned calling the sanctions genocide. The pretext for these horrific sanctions (though by no means justified) and the war was that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. As this has proven to be untrue the real reason has become more apparent. It was simple naked imperialism, a grab for oil.
Both Blair and Bush have constantly conjured up a picture of Saddam as a dangerous monster, undoubtedly this is true.
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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.
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