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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account of the events prior to the Iraq war, 12 Aug. 2003
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This review is from: Iraq: A Report from the Inside (Paperback)
Dilop Hiro has written a comprehensive, balanced and detailed account of events leading to the recent invasion of Iraq. The book was published shortly before war commenced and so the last chapter of the book now seems a little dated or academic. However, the remainder of the book provides an essential understanding of the reasons for and current consequences of the war. In spite of the detail, the pace of the narrative never slackens and makes for a riveting read.
The book begins with a description of the effects of economic sanctions on Iraq, describes how the Baath party came to power, the Iraqi motivations for the invasion of Kuwait, the Iraqi opposition and its links to foreign powers, the UN negotiations, the influence of oil and the repercussions of the WTC attacks. In the final chapter, the author forecasts the aftermath and consequences of a war against Iraq.
His account is convincing, well researched and reveals fascinating details that were (and remain) under reported by the main stream media. The book is particularly strong when describing the strategic manoeuvrings by each of the UN Security Council members (and their underlying motivations). Also, here we see (possibly for the first time) a detailed description of the Iraqi input to the negotiations and Iraqi attempts to reach a diplomatic settlement. The author presents evidence that the ‘goal posts’ were repeatedly moved with the consequence of prolonging sanctions against Iraq. This is balanced by clear evidence of Iraq’s repeated concealment of its weapons development programmes.
The author reveals the connections between the Iraqi opposition groups, their foreign sponsors and the long gestation of the INC (and current interim Iraq government). Here too, is revealed, how successive attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein failed due to intelligence blunders and Saddam’s ruthless grip on power.
Some of the material has been presented elsewhere by a small handful of journalists. Some of the topics such as the influence of oil and the repercussions of the WTC attack are covered in much greater detail elsewhere. However, this book is worth reading for its unique insights into the UN negotiations alone. A must read for those desiring some insight into how the world really works.
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