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 Iraqs 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, its 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
Iraqs 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. Iraqs 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
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Publisher: Poseidon Books
Date Published: 2005
The United States and Iraq: A
Modern History is a special compilation book that brings together all the
authors writings on Iraq up to the end of November 2004. The intention of
this book is to present one version of Iraqs 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 Americas often-unwarranted obsession with it. Chapters One
and Two reproduces Chapters Five and Six from the authors book, The New
World Order: Project for the New American Empire. Chapter Three reproduces
Chapter One from the authors 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 authors 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 1990s, 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 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.
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.
examples of prominent people and organizations, including American Congress
people, who opposed Americas campaign against Iraq.
major reports on Iraqs 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.
America duped the members of the Security Council to pass Resolution 1441
against Iraq in November 2002, and then immediately set about undermining the
resolutions intent and the Security Councils will.
America and Europe supplied Iraq with its weapons of mass destruction
during the 1980s.
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.
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.
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 leaders 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 Bushs National Security Adviser led and
manipulated chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix.
- Shows how Hans Blixs 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 Iraqs weapons
was toned down through January to March 2003, as the inspectors revealed the
truth in Iraq to this authors 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.
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
Americas 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.
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.
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 Americas quagmire-like
situation in Iraq to the campaigns of the German army in World War Two and
the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s 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 authors 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 Americas fortunes in Iraq. Selected highlights and new
information in this chapter include:
Shows how people were duped into supporting the war by Americas
slick pre-invasion propaganda.
Documents Americas 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 authors 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 Americas 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
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.
the abuse and torture of Iraqis and shows how it flies in the face of the
Bush administrations high-sounding principles of its supposed opposition
to torture and its commitment to its worldwide elimination.
further how the media perpetrates myths and repeats US military
announcements as if they are facts to present a false image of events in
- 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
Stephen Kaposi has studied world events for a number of years and is
driven by what he believes is the danger of the Bush administrations 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.