Using official sources, Ahmed investigates US and British claims about Iraqs 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 Wests support for the highly-repressive Shah of Iran, his subsequent usurpation by the Ayatollahs Islamist regime, and the Wests resultant backing of Saddam Hussein. The sponsorship of Saddams 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.
Ahmeds 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 Wests own widespread use of WMD, and the likely culprits of the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US.