Alexander Cockburn and Jeff St. Clair are journalists yet this book is quite surprising in that it tends to get to the bottom line and get fairly close to the real goal of the rich countries. That is to eliminate any regional alternative economic system to that of sweat shop globalisation. The authors emphasize that Yugoslavia had been targeted for elimination and that Serbia was going to be bombed regardless of the facts. Why they also ask has Turkey, particularly given its diabolical treatment of Kurds in its South East, never been attacked or bombed under the guise of "humanitarian mission?" Why has Spain with its regional conflicts and regional hatreds never been broken up and bombed back to the 14th Century as happened to Serbia? Why was Iraq mercilessly bombed and sanctioned for over a decade? Why are these countries' economic infrastructures always bombed and destroyed in deliberate fashion?
The answer must lay in the economic system. There is to be no alternative economic model to that of sweat shop re-export industrialisation or export-oriented monopoly agribusiness. Yugoslavia led by Serbia had for decades been based on Market Socialism, and the great system of worker self management. Worker Self Management was the highest form of democratic participation known to mankind. Managerial staff in enterprises were frequently rotated and workers could become the main shareholders in the enterprise where they worked. For any major decisons a majority vote of the enterprise's workforce had to be attained. Income diffrentials existed but they were not substantial. The country was technically educated. The country was industrialised, well fed, well looked after and had a number of sporting powers e.g Red Star Belgrade. The sporting system also produced a number of Basketballers good enough to be high level players in the NBA such as Vlaad Divac, a feat not even dreamed about by most small or middle income countries around the world.
Iraq was an experiment in Arab Socialism, a State run economy mixed in with a private sector which nonetheless had to compliment national development goals. Iraq used Soviet Planning methods to industrialise and militarise its economy. It is no coincidence that UNSCOM, that terror body of the United Nations, and the "oil for food" sanctions regime installed by the US deliberately targeted Iraq's industrial base and in fact accelerated its dismantling, in much the same way as did the NATO 78 day bombardment of Serbia. UNSCOM alone destroyed at least 1,000 industtrial factories in Iraq, under the pretext that many of these plants e.g animal vaccine factories could be used to manufacture chemical agents. It is no coincidence that civilian and industrial infrastructure was targeted by US Fascists in both countries. This was a well tried tactic used by The Nazis in every invasion undertaken by Hitler in WWII. It was also used by Britain during its incursions into India and other colonies during creation of the Sterling Zone Era.
Iraq was one of the only oil exporting countries in the world to achieve any degree of industrialisation and military capability, a feat that countries such as Saudi Arabia can only dream of. The Saudis purchase US and British military hardware and cannot even use the weaponry without British or American "trainers."
In sum: Destroying two industrial economies with State run economies was the long standing goal of Capitalist policy toward both Iraq and Yugoslavia. Neither the Market Socialism/Worker Self Management system of Yugoslavia nor the Arab experiment in Socialist Planning to industrialise an oil exporting country in Iraq could be tolerated by the incoming plan of sweat shop re-exports and export orientated monopoly agribusiness Capitalism. That is really the focal point of any Military aggression, particularly when there is no alternative economic model allowed. One wonders what the economic plan is for the protest movement in larger countries such as Egypt, which has very pressing economic problems and as yet no alternative economic model from that under the Mubarak regime.