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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (15 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415254124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415254120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'An informed, objetive,and up-to-date analylsis of political developments in two key countries inthe Persian Gulf.' -- Nader Entessar, LIBRARY JOURNAL

'Dilip a model political analyst. His approach is incorrigibly non-partisan as it is methodical.' -- Justin Wintle, SUNDAY TIMES

'Hiro's chronicle of all this turmoil is exceedingly thorough, scrupulously balanced and dispassionate.' -- Cal McCrystal, FINACIAL TIMES

'Necessary... reading for anyone interested in the contemporary history of two 'rogues' states.' -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Dilip Hiro is a veteran observer of the Middle East and one of the few specialists who have good access in both states. -- New Statesman, 25th June, 2001

Hiro, Indian by birth, is a model political analyst. His approach is as incorrigibly nonpartisan as it is methodical. -- Sunday Times, July 15, 2001

About the Author

Dilip Hiro is a full-time writer and journalist, and a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern, Gulf and Islamic affairs in radio and telelvision. He is the author of The Longest War, The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict, Holy Wars:The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and Iran Under the Ayatollahs among other books. His articles on the Middle East and allied subjects have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, Guardian, Toronto Star and International Herald Tribune.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spilsbury on 29 Sep 2009
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Dilip Hiro performs an invaluable service not only to European Foreign Policy Makers but also to Iran and Iraq in highlighting their pivotal and critical role in obtaining a meaningful peace in the Middle East. This book concentrates in no small detail on recent History including the Iran Iraq War. The critical familial relations of Clerical Families separated by National boundaries but tied by Generations of Familial ties and Religious ties are unravelled. That Shiites of Iran and Iraq are direct blood relatives cannot have its importance overstated in understanding the current climate of Sectarian discord and the motivations for it. For the Western Military personal, intelligence agents and Policy makers, it is critical to understand this essential convergence of interests of Iran and Iraq, and to understand that each countries security concerns are interlinked. The idea of Iranian meddling in Iraq is a fabricated concept, made by those who wish to dictate the agenda in contrary direction to the realities on the ground. It would be like expecting the
British to keep out of conflict between Australia and China in crude terms.
He explores in painful detail the Wests involvement in supplying Iraq with Weapons of Mass Destruction. The long forgotten Iraqi 'Supergun' affair is dissected in detail. The names of British Companies appears with embarassing frequency in arming Saddams regime.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sep 2001
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As a student of International Politics, I have found no book which deals with the Iran-Iraq relationship in such a profound and detailed manner. I have now read several of Dilip Hiro's books, and he never fails to portray the essential details in an unbiased, yet informative way. I would have to advise any student, or person with an interest in one of the world's most significant areas to read this book.
It is important to stress how important these two countries are when dealing with international peace and stability. Dilip Hiro covers every area of their relationship with comprehensive analysis, including the West's undoubted concern and intervention in the region.
Quite simply, an enjoyable and stimulating read.
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All the more revealing after the 2003 Iraq war 8 Dec 2004
By Lee L. - Published on
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One of Dilip Hiro's last balanced books on an academic press before he moved onto write rants for Nation books, Neighbors, Not Friends is a more valuable book now because it provides a wealth of information on the events that contributed to the 2003 Iraq war as well as the political climate in Iran that produced Ahmadinejad.

After an introduction that recaps the 80s and very early 90s, the book is divided into two sections, one for each country. While Hiro focuses somewhat on domestic Iraqi affairs, the first half of the book deals mainly with the ongoing conflict between Iraq and the United States. This of course centers around Iraq's weapons programs and the US-led inspections process. This part of the book shows just how much gray area there really was on this particular issue. In a mostly fair way, Hiro describes Iraq's attempts to foil the US and maintain some sort of weapons program, and the US's attempts to go beyond the intent of existing UN Security Council resolutions to force Saddam Hussein from power. Even though this book was written and published before 9/11, one can't help but feel a sense of inevitability about the 2003 war. When you think about the shock of 9/11 and then look at Hussein's behavior since his invasion of Kuwait, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the US wouldn't tolerate his presence in the Gulf. The US certainly isn't without fault, but read this book and then ask yourself the question "What did Hussein ever do to earn the benefit of the doubt?" The answer is, not much.

The relationship between Iran and the US is studied somewhat in the second half of the book, but Hiro mostly focuses on the internal politics of Iran and the presidencies of Rafsanjani and Khatami. Hiro provides a great amount of detail into how Iranian politics functions, and in the case with the first half of the book, it provides a sense of inevitability that a more hardline figure would succeed Khatami.

My only issue with this book is that it feels like two separate books sandwiched together. The title of the book gives the impression that Iraq and Iran are to be discussed in concert with each other, or that the book is about the relationship between the two countries during the 90s. This however is not the case. The book is a fitting conclusion to the trilogy of Iraq-centered books by Hiro that also include The Longest War, and From Desert Sheild to Desert Storm. Unfortunately, judging by the quality of his decidedly more ideological books written since Neighbors, Not Friends, it appears that Hiro is incapable of writing a much needed fourth book covering events from 2001 onward that can live up to the high standard he set for himself with earlier works.
Ages like a good wine 10 Mar 2004
By "glif" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book while preparing to write on political changes in Iraq during 2003. It was one of many.
At first it seemed somewhat biased in its tone (pro Saddam), when compared to the rest of the bunch but it was well written, with a lot of background research visible. As time passed, most of the reasoning in it got validated, unlike a good portion of the official mumbo jumbo.
Made me want to read some more of Dilip Hiro!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fine rebuttal of Bush and Blair's war propaganda 8 Sep 2002
By William Podmore - Published on
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This deeply researched and extremely well-informed book by Dilip Hiro, the noted expert on the Middle East, presents a most useful survey of the recent changes in Iraq and Iran. It is especially timely since it refutes Bush and Blair's war propaganda.
Hiro notes that the 1991 war against Iraq killed from 57,600 to 62,600 people, and cost Iraq $200 billions' worth of damage. US and British bombers dropped 140,000 tons of bombs, equivalent to seven Hiroshimas.
He points out that the UN's weapons inspection team, Unscom, was compromised by the US government which illegally inserted CIA operatives and by its co-operation with Mossad, the Israeli secret service. As the Pentagon stated, "information supplied by the monitors had played a part in the careful selection of targets" for the subsequent continual bombing attacks.
Hiro reports that by April 1998 Unscom and the International Atomic Energy Authority had destroyed all Iraq's missiles, chemical weapons and nuclear weapons facilities. As Martin Indyk, the US assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, confirmed in September 1999, "We do not at this point have evidence of any kind that Saddam Hussein is attempting to rebuild his arsenal."
So how, after twelve years of the most punishing sanctions in history, could Iraq produce weapons of mass destruction? If Bush and Blair had the evidence, they would surely have told us!
Some claim that UN Resolution 687 gives the US the legal warrant to take `all necessary measures' to change Iraq's regime. But the Resolution guaranteed the inviolability of the Iraq-Kuwait border and authorised `all necessary measures to that end in accordance with the Charter'. It "does not talk about getting rid of leadership", as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan observed. And as the British commander in the 1991 war, General Peter de la Billiere, noted, he had no mandate to invade Iraq or to take over the country. Nor did Resolution 688 authorise military action: the US and British governments tried to add the `authority to use force', but China and India successfully opposed this. So Bush and Blair have no legal mandate for war.
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Will Podmore's Political Agenda 19 Mar 2003
By Scott Campbell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Will Podmore's review concentrates more on the current situation with Iraq than a review of the book. Keep to the facts Willy.
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