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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; First Printing edition (3 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859845010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859845011
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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""Give peace a chance and buy this book. It explains why Bush's proposed war against Iraq has little to do with Saddam's tyranny and everything to do with Washington's infinite greed for oil and power."" -- Mike Davis "If Nobel Peace Prizes were given to true peace-makers, one would be reserved for Milan Rai and his comrades in Voices in the Wilderness and Arrow. This book is a thorough, irrefutable testimony to why there should be no war with the Iraqis." - John Pilger "This is the clearest and most persuasive explanation of the reasons not to go to war with Iraq that anyone could wish for. Written with great clarity and precision, War Plan Iraq exposes the extraordinary hypocrisy and double dealing which characterises the US march to war." - George Monbiot ""War Plan Iraq comes from an author on whose accuracy and research we have come to rely. The projected war is not inevitable. War Plan Iraq will help to prevent it."" -- Bruce Kent ""Milan Rai is one of the wisest war resisters of our time. His carefully researched analysis has consistently guided non-violent efforts to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. Now more than ever, we rely on his reasoning and integrity."" -- Kathy Kelly, Co-founder Voices in the Wilderness, US, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 2000

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Includes a chapter by Noam Chomsky and contributions from Amber Amundson and other September 11 relatives.

'This is the clearest and most pursuasive explanation of the reasons not to go to war with Iraq that anyone could wish for. Written with great clarity and precision, War Plan Iraq exposes the extraordinary hypocrisy and double dealing which characterises the US march to war.' George Monbiot

'War Plan Iraq comes from an author on whose accuracy and research we have come to rely. The projected war is not inevitable. War Plan Iraq will help to prevent it.' Bruce Kent

'Milan Rai is one of the wisest war resisters of our time. His carefully researched analysis has consistently guided non-violent efforts to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. Now more than ever, we rely on his reasoning and integrity.' Kathy Kelly, co-founder Voices in the Wilderness US and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

'A valuable contribution' Carol Naughton, Chair of CND

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. PRATT on 17 Mar. 2003
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I found this book to be an easy read for such a political subject. It contains a lot of information which supports an argument against going to war on iraq. The book is broken down into managable chunks with frequent headers and illustrations. Ten reasons are outlined as to why we should challenge the concept of war and the history of the relationship between the US, Uk and Iraq is laid out in comprehensive detail. This book exploits the manner in which the US and UK government haddle the iraqi issue and brings serious doubt on their intentions.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Bassett on 4 Feb. 2003
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Milan Rai's book is not only thorough and enlightening, but written in easily digestible chunks. Unlike other books which can read like a tidal wave of overwhelming information (an occasional criticism of Chomsky's books) this is perfect for anyone who wants to get a deep but quick understanding of the real issues.
Importantly, Rai has taken into account that events are moving quickly, and has made chapter updates available on the web at the ARROW website. This means that the information in the book is constantly up-to-date with the latest developments (there have been 7 excellent updates since the book's publication a few months ago).
The book also provides helpful contacts for those who wish to actively oppose the drive towards war -- websites, organisations and copious references.
With chapters by Chomsky and relatives of people who died in the Sept 11th attacks, and beautiful illustrations and photographs, the book presents a well-rounded, level headed and humane argument.
Milan has been to Iraq a number of times since 1998, and has seen the effects of war and sanctions first hand. He has met many civilians, and spoken directly to the UN personnel in Iraq. This is not just an exercise in fact gathering, but a passionate call for the voices of real people not to be drowned out by the dangerous rhetoric of politicians.
There's no better book about this crisis out there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Bassett on 1 Feb. 2003
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Milan Rai's book is not only thorough and enlightening, but written in easily digestible chunks. Unlike other books which can read like a tidal wave of overwhelming information (an occasional criticism of Chomsky's books) this is perfect for anyone who wants to get a deep but quick understanding of the real issues.
Importantly, Rai has taken into account that events are moving quickly, and has made chapter updates available on the web ([...] This means that the information in the book is constantly up-to-date with the latest developments (there have been 7 excellent updates since the book's publication a few months ago).
The book also provides helpful contacts for those who wish to actively oppose the drive towards war -- websites, organisations and copious references.
With chapters by Chomsky and relatives of people who died in the Sept 11th attacks, and beautiful illustrations and photographs, the book presents a well-rounded, level headed and humane argument.
There's no better book about this crisis out there.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Dead on accurate analysis - best book on Iraq at this time 31 Oct. 2002
By Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a former US Army Intelligence Analyst, and as a long term lobbyist on this issue, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The analysis of the US dominated policy toward Iraq is dead on accurate. On the inside flap of the book there are three quotes, the first being one from a member National Security Council in 1991: "Our goal is to remove Saddam Hussein, not his regime."
This quote reveals the US policy not just toward Iraq, but is also useful in understanding what the US did in Afghanistan: The US government purposely and willfully destroyed attempts to extradite bin Laden -- just as it has destroyed all popularly supported methods to remove Saddam from power. As the book says so bluntly, it's about leadership change, not regime change in Iraq. As for Afghanistan, as Sen. Biden, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it, "The worst outcome would be if bin Laden was extradited."
About the only negative remark I can make about this book is that it's mostly from a British perspective and might not be the best choice for American readers. No matter, I urge everyone to read this book, buy it, give it to your friends, especially the ones who think that President Bush is doing the right thing. I have never recommended a book on Iraq this way. But this one is that good and more important than ever as we face a potential war in Iraq.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
A must-read while there's still time 2 Jan. 2003
By Kerry Walters - Published on Amazon.com
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*War Plan Iraq* is a reasoned, non-jingoistic appeal for cool heads and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to US relations with Iraq. Milan Rai provides a concise history of UNSCOM inspections and how those inspections eventually broke down. Rai's point is to argue that the breakdown isn't irreparable. Rai then goes on to argue explicitly against a military showdown with Iraq by claiming (1) that there's no established connection between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, (2) that there's no evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, (3) that the consequences of war could be devastating to both the region and to international relations, (4) that the economic consequences of a war are dire, (5) that both popular and military opinion about a war are mixed, and (6) that Washington isn't so concerned with a regime change--that is, a change to democracy--as a leader change--that is, getting rid of Saddam Hussein. Consequently, overthrowing the current strongman will do nothing to improve the lot of the average Iraqi, despite Washington's rhetoric to the contrary.
All in all, a persuasively argued book. I recommend it alongside Anthony Arnove's *Iraq Under Siege* and, for the other side's perspective, Kenneth Pollack's *The Threatening Storm.*
35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Give peace a chance 20 Nov. 2002
By Malvin - Published on Amazon.com
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I fully agree with the excellent reviews previously posted by Will Podmore from the U.K. and Patrick Carkin from the U.S. It is true that the United States (and to a lesser extent Great Britain) have been seeking a pretext for invading Iraq for some time in order to gain control of its oil reserves. As this book makes clear, such an act of unprovoked aggression is in clear violation of the United Nations and would render much harm to our relationships with other countries around the world.
Overall, the book does a great job of deconstructing much of the anti-Iraqi propaganda that has recently been heaped upon the American public. But while Saddam Hussein is certainly no saint, the fact remains that our onetime ally has been doing our dirty work for years. Indeed, Saddam's dictatorship has served to effectively check the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism. Contrary to President Bush's rhetoric, this is the real reason why the U.S. purposely left him in power at the conclusion of the Gulf War. The author details how U.S. forces allowed Iraq's Republican Guard troops to escape U.S. General Schwartzkopf's trap in southern Iraq so that they could move to quell the Kurdish rebellion in the north, ensuring the survival of Saddam's regime.
According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, it is estimated that Iraq's undiscovered oil reserves may equal Saudi Arabia's. Bush is obviously trying to promote an Iraqi-Al Qaeda connection in order to drum up support for an invasion that will ultimately allow U.S. oil corporations to profitably exploit these reserves. The losers in such an endeavor are U.S. taxpayers and of course the long-suffering Iraqi people.
Noam Chomsky has contributed an essay to this book reminding us that American foreign policy has often failed to live up to the country's democratic ideals: Guatemala, Vietnam and East Timor are just a few examples. The great irony in this latest episode is that the goal in Iraq is merely "regime change", not democracy; in other words, we want to replace Saddam with another strongman, not let the Iraqi people govern themselves. This should be reason alone to oppose the war, as if supporting another corporate oil war wasn't bad enough.
In short, "War Plan Iraq" gives us many reasons why we should avoid this unnecessary war, and in so doing gives us much to reflect upon as U.S. citizens. Perhaps if we want a better world, we should focus not on Iraq but on changing the regime in Washington, D.C. Leadership dedicated to peace and democracy would make us proud; but Bush's war mongering and despotism shames us all.
I can not recommend this timely, relevant and important book any more highly.
45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Superb demolition of the pretexts for war 24 Oct. 2002
By William Podmore - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a most convincing and well-argued case for peace.
Milan Rai deals brilliantly with the issue of the UN weapons inspections. He shows how the US government destroyed the UN�s weapons inspection agency Unscom. On 30 October 1998, the UN Security Council, led by the USA, refused to confirm that it would lift sanctions even after Unscom had verified that Iraq had disarmed. This breached Paragraph 22 of its own Resolution 687, and Iraq, temporarily, withdrew its cooperation with Unscom. A month later, it restored cooperation, but the US government had already decided to launch the Desert Fox bombing attack.
The US and British governments are covering up the fact that the inspections succeeded. By 1992, Unscom had eliminated Iraq�s long-range missile programme. By 1995, the International Atomic Energy Authority had eliminated Iraq�s nuclear weapons programme. According to Richard Butler, the head of the Unscom team, Unscom was within a few weeks of completing its work when the US government pulled it out. Why didn�t the US government want the inspections to succeed? Because it didn�t want Iraq peacefully disarmed, it wanted Iraq defeated in war. Why? Because only by occupying Iraq can the US government get what it really wants - control of Iraq�s oil.
The Bush government continues vehemently to oppose inspections. The Washington Post noted �concern by Wolfowitz and his civilian colleagues in the Pentagon that new inspections could torpedo their plans for military action to remove Hussein from power.� As Colin Powell said recently, if UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq under existing agreements, the US �would find ways to thwart that�. So Bush is determined to wreck the new agreements achieved on 1 October. He does not want inspections, because they would prevent war; he wants to prevent weapons inspections so that he can launch a war.
Rai puts forward ten reasons for opposing the war: there is no evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction; there is no link between Iraq and 11 September; war would not be about �regime change� but about �dictator change�; war could trigger a humanitarian disaster; war would endanger the Kurds; war would be illegal; Iraq�s neighbours fear Bush, not Saddam; US and British generals oppose the war; 58% of the British people oppose the war; war could trigger a world recession.
One link between Al-Qa�ida and Iraq that the US government has proposed was an alleged meeting in Prague in April 2001 between Mohamed Atta, the alleged ringleader of the suicide hijackers, and the Iraqi intelligence officer, Ahmad al-Ani. This allegation got worldwide coverage. But, as the BBC reported on 1 May, �investigations indicate that at the time of the alleged meeting with the Iraqi agent, Ahmed Chalil Ibrahim Samir Ani, in April 2001, he [Atta] was in Virginia Beach and Florida.� Time magazine reported on 13 May, �the best hope for Iraqi ties to the attack � a report that lead hijacker Mohamed Atta met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic � was discredited last week.� Yet Andrew Buncombe of the Independent reported (26 September) that US officials are still using this story to try to prove a link between Iraq and al-Qa�ida, and he wrongly described the story as �disputed�, not as refuted.
Additionally, the danger of Iraq using any weapons of mass destruction is obviously greatest if it is fighting for its survival. An attack would provoke the actions that it is supposed to prevent! Iraq has made no threats to use these weapons, but the US, British and Israeli governments have all threatened to use nuclear weapons against Iraq, threats which themselves are breaches of international law.
There is no right of �pre-emptive self-defence� in international law. The Bush-Blair rationale would open the door to any government claiming that it too was justified in attacking any other state that allegedly had any weapons of mass destruction!
Bush�s threat - which Blair has consistently backed � to attack Iraq even without UN warrant is lynch �law�. By contrast, the French government has rightly rejected the idea of a war to overthrow Saddam without UN backing. Further, even if the lynch mob bribes the sheriff into signing a warrant, or into looking the other way, it is still lynch law: the Security Council has no authority to tear up the UN Charter, which permits the use of force against a sovereign state only when it is unambiguously self-defence against an armed attack.
Stopping Blair from backing Bush would stop Bush. Only a minority of Americans would support a unilateral US attack on Iraq; 60% are opposed. Bush and Blair cannot launch a war without public support. We can stop this war.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
good prediction of things to come 2 Dec. 2004
By Jason W. Clendenen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, which I read after the war, turned out to be quite accurate. There were no weapons of mass destruction; the invasion was illegeal; it is a devestation for the Iraqi people; no link between Iraq and al-Queda; the whole world fears Bush more than it ever feared Sadam (even Iraq's neighbors); most of the world opposed and still opposes the invasion; we were never interested in Sadam's crimes until we decided to invade. It is a bit pointless to read the book now, except for historical interest to see that even before the war started we knew enough to know that it was a bad idea.
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