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Iraq- Primus Inter Pariahs: A Crisis Chronology, 1997-98: Primus Inter Pariahs - A Crisis in Chronology, 1997-98 [Hardcover]

Geoff Simons

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25 Jun 1999
This book begins by considering the 'pariah politics' practised by the United States in its efforts to denounce certain countries as 'pariahs' on the global scene. A brief profile is given of the American domestic and international human-rights record. Is the United States ethically equipped to act as a moral arbiter in such matters? The much-quoted Juvenal tag ('Who will guard the guardians?') is adapted: who will judge the judges?

After presenting relevant background to the Iraq Question (the changing role of Saddam, the genocidal sanctions regime, etc.), the book then describes as a detailed chronology the 1997-98 crisis between Iraq and the United States over the issue of the UN weapons inspections. The disputes - about the composition of the inspection teams and about the inspections of 'sensitive' Iraqi sites, especially the presidential palaces - are set in the context of the horrendous impact of the sanctions on the Iraqi civilian population.

Finally the negotiated settlement between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Iraqi government is outlined, with attention given also to the unsympathetic US response and the continuing tensions.

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GEOFF SIMONS has written wide range of successful books in various subject areas. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and many of his titles appear on university reading lists. Now a freelance author, he was formerly chief editor and managing editor in a major publishing company. He is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including: Libya: The Struggle for Survival, Iraq: From Sumer to Saddam, The United Nations: a Chronology of Conflict, Cuba: From Conquistador to Castro, UN Malaise: Power Problems and Realpolitic, The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice and Vietnam Syndrome: Impact on US Foreign Policy.

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