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THE
UNITED STATES
AND IRAQ

A MODERN HISTORY


Author Stephen Kaposi believes that any real “war
on terror” would see the world fight America and the Bush administration for
the great crimes it has inflicted on Iraq. In his latest work, The United and
Iraq: A Modern History
, he collects all his writings on Iraq to the end of
November 2004 into one collection to present one version of Iraq’s recent
history. It is a history that is very sobering and sad and shows what one
powerful country can do to a lessor nation that is of no threat when higher
international geopolitical goals and oil are involved. The author notes that if
an “official” terrorist did in an American, Australian or British city just
a fraction of what America did in Iraq, it would be considered a major disaster
receiving huge media coverage, condemnation, and endless debate of the “threat
of terrorism”. But in Iraq, it’s whitewashed by propaganda that speaks of
“progress” towards a “better” future. The United States and Iraq
ranges from discussing Iraq under Saddam Hussein and the 1991 Gulf War, to how
Iraq’s population suffered under UN sanctions and the deadly aftermaths caused
by depleted uranium, to the terrorist attack that was the American invasion and
its aftermath. Iraq’s suffering will likely continue until America withdraws
but at least The United Sates and Iraq rescues the real historical
narrative from a media and government establishment that seeks to suppress the
truth.        

In Store Price: $AU28.00 

Online Price:   $AU27.00

ISBN:
1-9210-0548-3

Format: Paperback

Number of pages:
391


Genre: Non Fiction

 

Author: Stephen
Kaposi 


Imprint: Poseidon

Publisher: Poseidon Books

Date Published: 2005

Language: English

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The United States and Iraq: A
Modern History
is a special compilation book that brings together all the
author’s writings on Iraq up to the end of November 2004. The intention of
this book is to present one version of Iraq’s recent history in one complete
narrative for ease of reference, from an anti-war point of view. Iraq has been a
country that has been in the headlines for so long now, and been made so
infamous thanks to America’s often-unwarranted obsession with it. Chapters One
and Two reproduces Chapters Five and Six from the author’s book, The New
World Order: Project for the New American Empire
. Chapter Three reproduces
Chapter One from the author’s last book, The Real Axis of Evil: The
Invasion of Iraq, Western Imperialism, Lies and the Police State
. Chapters
Four and Five are compilations of the author’s articles about Iraq written
over the past year between September 2003 and November 2004. These chapters
present an account of Iraq right from the Saddam Hussein era, through the 1991
Gulf War, the UN sanctions of the 1990’s, the invasion of March 2003 and the
post-invasion occupation period. The Introduction presents an overview of the
recent situation in Iraq, dated to the end of November 2004, and in itself
represents the latest major essay by the author on the subject of Iraq
consisting entirely of new work.

 Chapter
One         
The American Aggression Against Iraq (up to December 2002)

Chapter One gives an outline of the catastrophe suffered by
Iraq over the years at the hands of America and explains why the “threat”
from Iraq was purely propaganda based on lies, allegations and exaggerations.
The intention will be to show people, especially those who may have supported
the invasion of Iraq, why it was wrong and why it should have been opposed. It
also shows why the “weapons of mass destruction” issue was merely an
American excuse for it to achieve its greater goals. It also shows how from
mid-2002, people became slowly convinced by the American propaganda campaign
helped nicely by an unquestioning media, that there was some “crisis” to be
solved over Iraq.
Selected highlights and new information in this chapter include:

 

·       
An overview and
history of Iraq in recent times, including the sanctions era.

·       
Provides an
overview of the American propaganda campaign launched in mid-2002 to secure
public support for war against Iraq, drawing on the officially published words
of American leaders.

·       
Provides
examples of prominent people and organizations, including American Congress
people, who opposed America’s campaign against Iraq.

·       
Reviews the
major reports on Iraq’s alleged weapons released by America and Britain and
their intelligence services, to show their dubiousness, and reiterates the fact
that its weapons and programs were virtually eliminated by 1998.

·       
Explains how
America duped the members of the Security Council to pass Resolution 1441
against Iraq in November 2002, and then immediately set about undermining the
resolution’s intent and the Security Council’s will.

·       
Shows how
America and Europe supplied Iraq with its “weapons of mass destruction”
during the 1980’s.

·       
Offers some
perspective to the simple notion pushed by America that Saddam Hussein
“brutalised” and “repressed” the population, and in fact used oil
revenues to create a first world economy with excellent social services that
were the envy of the Middle East.

·       
Explains how the
West have allowed Turkey to repress its Kurds, while acting the exact opposite
to Iraq and its Kurds, and points out that the Iraqi Kurds have been encouraged
to rebel with weapons and funding supplied by America and Iran over the decades.

·       
Shows clearly
for the first time in a mainstream work (as far as this author is aware) the
apparent lie that is the main example of propaganda used against Iraq – the
massacre at Halabjah in 1988 that was said to have killed 5 000 Kurds.

  

Chapter Two
Iraq: The
Situation up to the American Invasion (March 2003)
 

Chapter Two is the “sequel” to the first Iraq chapter
described above. It updates the situation with Iraq up until the American
invasion of that country and can be presented as the reasons why the war was
wrong and unjustified. The chapter thoroughly reviews the work of the United
Nations inspectors, the American allegations and the push for a Security Council
resolution “authorising” war to show that nothing justified the American
invasion of Iraq. This chapter is dated to the start of the American invasion,
and news reports to date have begun to confirm it, i.e. doubts about the
allegations and intelligence reports. This only confirms the importance of the
work, to show people who may have supported the war, that there was enough
information beforehand to have seriously doubted the allegations. Selected
highlights and new information in this chapter include:
 

  • Provides a detailed look at the reports of the
    United Nations weapons inspectors and compares them to the main allegations
    produced by America and Britain, to show that there was no real basis to the
    allegations against Iraq. The chapter demonstrates, using direct quotes from
    American and British intelligence reports, and their leader’s words, that
    the allegations against Iraq were, at the worst, fabricated lies, and at the
    best, simply false and exaggerated. The chapter is, as far as this author is
    aware, one of the first thorough reviews of the whole situation concerning
    the work of the inspectors and the allegations made by America and Britain.
  • Shows how Bush’s National Security Adviser led and
    manipulated chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix.
  • Shows how Hans Blix’s reports to the Security
    Council were misrepresented by America, particularly the report of 27
    January 2003. This misrepresentation was repeated by the media with little
    counter-argument, and provided America with a propaganda coup in their
    attempt to gain public support. This chapter also shows how Blix changes his
    tune after this to dispel the notion he was giving America too much
    “ammunition” to further their campaign.
  • Shows how the American rhetoric on Iraq’s weapons
    was toned down through January to March 2003, as the inspectors revealed the
    truth in Iraq – to this author’s knowledge, a point not noted by anyone
    in the media or elsewhere.
  • Shows how our leaders shamelessly declared to have
    wanted “peace”, while demanding the Security Council authorise a war
    they had every intention of launching.
  • Shows the weakness of the excuse that the war was
    justified on “human rights” grounds, in that it was made clear the
    weapons issue was the reason for the war. 

  

Chapter Three         
The Invasion of Iraq: March – September 2003 

Chapter Three discusses in detail the American invasion
of Iraq. The chapter tries to convey the reality of the invasion in terms of the
enormous destruction and human suffering that it caused, and which the major
Western media outlets tried to cover up and sanitise from their coverage. It
also discusses the aftermath of the invasion up until September 2003 when
America’s downward slide to disaster had already become clear. The chapter
shows how the brutality of the US forces stirred resentment and resistance
almost immediately and kick-started the resistance. Selected highlights and new
information in this chapter include:

 

  • How events
    that for all intents and purposes were equivalent to terrorist attacks,
    including September 11, were presented by the media in a matter of fact way
    without any comment or irony.

  • Discusses
    the speeches George Bush in the lead up to the invasion to show how
    disingenuous and hypocritical his words were.

  • Shows that
    the real reason for “disarming” Iraq was to make the American invasion
    easier, especially in relation to the Al Samoud 2 missiles.

  • Documents
    how the US military spoke of “minimising” civilian casualties while
    simultaneously slaughtering civilians.

  • Shows how
    the Iraqis were demonised to justify civilian deaths

  • Shows how
    the media presented a superficial, sanitised coverage that suppressed human
    suffering, and minimised the humanitarian situation, while cheerleading for
    America and Britain.

  • Continues to
    document the weapons of mass destruction lie and how the media kept the
    non-existent story alive.

  • Documents a
    number of stories almost ignored by the media, including ethnic cleansing of
    Arabs by Kurds.

  • The comparison between America’s quagmire-like
    situation in Iraq to the campaigns of the German army in World War Two and
    the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980’s is noted – a parallel history
    ignored by a largely pro-war mainstream media.

  

Chapter Four  Iraq
Aftermath: September 2003 – March 2004

 

Chapter Four presents the author’s articles on Iraq
written between September 2003 and March 2004. The period after the invasion of
Iraq and up until the calamitous events of April 2004 is crucial in how it shows
the slow decline of America’s fortunes in Iraq. Selected highlights and new
information in this chapter include:

 

·       
Shows how people were duped into supporting the war by America’s
slick pre-invasion propaganda.

·       
Documents America’s continued slide into chaos and increasing
resistance to their rule.

·       
Shows how the US occupation maintains control of the country just
as surely as Saddam Hussein did.

·       
Continues to document the collapse of the weapons of mass
destruction “evidence” that was put forward in the pre-invasion period to
justify the war.

·       
Shows how the resistance to occupation is not confined to the
so-called “Sunni triangle” as the US and the media kept saying.

 

 

Chapter Five   Iraq Aftermath: April – November 2004

 

Chapter Five presents the author’s articles on Iraq written between
April and November 2004. The period from April 2004 saw an explosion of
resistance to the foreign occupation, after a simmering situation beforehand.
This period would reveal America’s tactics like never before – increasing
repression and killing to maintain “control” of a population and keep its
puppet regime in power.
Selected highlights and new information in this
chapter include:

 

  • Documents
    the escalating disaster America has created in Iraq, especially once the
    major uprising of April 2004 erupted.

  • Details the
    enormous suffering and destruction experienced by the city of Fallujah – a
    city that simply rejected the control of a foreign occupation force.

  • Shows how
    the resistance to occupation spread to the Shiite population and the Shiite
    dominated south of Iraq.

  • Documents
    the abuse and torture of Iraqis and shows how it flies in the face of the
    Bush administration’s high-sounding principles of its supposed opposition
    to torture and its “commitment” to its worldwide elimination.

  • Reveals
    further how the media perpetrates myths and repeats US military
    announcements as if they are facts to present a false image of events in
    Iraq.

  • Reveals how
    the “national conference” that elected an Iraqi legislature in August
    2004 was a rigged sham – a scoop by the French
    Agence France-Presse that
    was almost totally ignored by the rest of the media.

   

Previous books by Stephen Kaposi:

 

The New World Order: Project for the New American Empire

 

The Real Axis of Evil: The Invasion of Iraq, Western
Imperialism, Lies and the Police State

  

About the
author: 

Stephen Kaposi has studied world events for a number of years and is
driven by what he believes is the danger of the Bush administration’s war
making and its response to September 11. He has been motivated to publish
important and unique perspectives on current events and The United States and
Iraq: A Modern History
continues his work. The author has published over 150
articles on the Internet arguing against American foreign policy and related
subjects. He resides in Sydney, Australia.

                  

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