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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583670939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583670934
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book contributes significantly ot the conversation seeking to understand the international forces at play in the threatening war on Iraq."---Nelson Mandela,

"Behind the Invasion of Iraq . . .synthesizes the seemingly disparate threads of the U.S. war drive in a blistering indictment of American foreign policy . . .The effect is of puzzle pieces clicking into place.">---Counterpunch,

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The Research Unit for Political Economy is based in Mumbai, India. It publishes the journal, Aspects of India's Economy and a range of research publications in English and Hindi.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bhaskar Majee on April 15, 2003
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The Research Unit for Political Economy (R.U.P.E.), located Bombay India is a registered public trust. It operates on voluntary labor and limited finances raised from personal contributions. It is not associated or influenced by any political wing of India or any other country.
RUPE analyses theoretical and empirical levels of various aspects of the economic life of India and its institutions. The journal published by them does an excellent job to present esoteric information in a simple manner to enable people to understand the actual mechanics of their every day economic life.
Behind the Invasion of Iraq is an exception to their usual array of topics published in their journal titled "Aspects of India's Economy".
They have done an excellent job in presenting a comprehensive view of the invasion of Iraq. I feel the book is great because unlike conspiracy theory books, RUPE states facts and also quotes the sources from where it gathered the information. Hence this is factual eye opener rather than speculation.
I feel this is one of the few books that have done justice to put different pieces of the puzzle (economics, finance, foreign exchange and military invasions) together with historically correct data. Now an average person on the street will have an understanding of global politics and its ramifications on their life.
This book has also been commended on many military intelligence websites. No doubt it is well-researched publication.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monthly Review Press on April 10, 2003
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"This book contributes significantly to the conversation seeking to understand the international forces at play in the threatening war on Iraq." - NELSON MANDELA
"Behind the Invasion of Iraq . . . synthesizes the seemingly disparate threads of the US war drive in a blistering indictment of American foreign policy . . . The effect is of puzzle pieces clicking into place." - COUNTERPUNCH
Since September 11, 2001, there have been many accounts of the ways in which the alignment of global power is changing or will be changed by the U.S. "war on terrorism." Most of them take as their starting point the options facing the wealthy and powerful nations of the world seeking to control an ever larger share of the world's resources. Behind the Invasion of Iraq is written from a different perspective, and one that makes possible a far more comprehensive point of view.
Its authors, the Research Unit for Political Economy, based in Mumbai, India, are rooted in the politics of a Third World country which has long been on the receiving end of imperialist power. As a consequence, they have a more sober view of the workings of global power. In clear and accessible prose, weighing the evidence carefully and tracing events to their root causes, they move beyond moral outrage to a clear view of the process being set in motion by the U.S. led invasion of Iraq. They show that the invasion of Iraq is a desperate gamble by a section of American capital to secure their hold on power that is driven by the wish to stave off economic crisis through military means. Their efforts will not end with Iraq, but will require the recolonization of the Middle East.
Behind the Invasion of Iraq exposes the idea that war will bring democracy to the middle East as so much propaganda.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2003
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Reading this thoroughly researched, clearly argued volume was a revelation. For the first time I understood the entire spectrum of motives behind the US invasion. Since reading it, I've discovered a new ability to discern the meaning behind the headlines. I should add -- though it's sad to say so -- that events since its publication have in all cases confirmed its analysis and predictions.
Must read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SPM on October 23, 2003
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This short book carefully and clearly explains why the US *has* to turn Iraq into a colony. The book begins with a brief history of Iraq in the modern era, then turns to US attacks on Iraq since the 1980s. In the final section, the authors tie the need for oil to the capitalist economies in the Western world --- without "our" oil under "their" desert, our economy doesn't work.
For anyone interested in understanding the current war --- or those interested in a quick introduction to US imperialism --- this book is highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gordon on October 30, 2004
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Interesting book that derived from a series of articles in the "Aspects of India's Economy" magazine edited by the The Research Unit for Political Economy in Mumbai.

Interesting in the fact that the book is written from an Asian point of view, although importantly not Muslim.

"Behind the Invasion of Iraq exposes the idea that war will bring democracy to the Middle East as so much propaganda. In a context where so many rulers are themselves clients of the United States, the war is aimed not at the rulers but at the masses of ordinary people whose hostility to imperialism has not been broken even by corrupt and autocratic rulers. This book describes the remaking of global power with a truly global awareness of what is at stake.

What's really at stake is US control of global markets. The report reveals that the US economy is now facing a nightmare scenario: A crisis of overproduction has crippled US GDP, resulting in monstrous trade and budget deficits, even as a potentially disastrous deflationary spiral appears to be under way worldwide.

Meanwhile, superpower rivals Europe, Russia and China are mounting a vigorous challenge to US economic preeminence, which is further threatened by the euro's emergence as a credible alternative to the dollar as global reserve currency. (All this is exhaustively detailed in the RUPE report, which draws its most telling evidence from the mainstream financial press.)

In this context, the US sees confiscation of the world's richest oil-producing regions as a magic bullet. While securing its own access to petroleum supplies for the foreseeable future, it can simultaneously defend dollar hegemony and restructure Middle East markets for the exclusive benefit of US-based corporations.
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