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The Continuing Storm: Iraq, Poisonous Weapons, and Deterrence Hardcover – February 8, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (February 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300075820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300075823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,259,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why did the United States abruptly end the Gulf War? Haselkorn (Geopolitical Forum, Palo Alto, CA) contends that Saddam effectively blackmailed us by threatening to use his chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, leaving President Bush with no choice. Haselkorn supports his conclusions with an in-depth (and occasionally repetitive) analysis and extensive documentation (over 100 pages of footnotes), tables, and appendixes. He cites numerous U.S. intelligence failures and even questions the truthfulness of Bush and Scowcroft. This book is bound to have its critics, but it is hard to disagree with Haselkorn's conclusion that in the future small extremist countries?North Korea, Libya, Iraq, and Iran?can use the threat of chemical/biological terrorism against the superpowers. A provocative and disturbing book; recommended for academic libraries and Middle East and military/international affairs collections.?Ruth K. Baacke, Whatcom Community Coll. Lib., Bellingham, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
"[This book] is an essential companion to whatever other reading one does on the Gulf War. The Continuing Storm is a highly readable and extremely valuable book for understanding not only the American decision to end the war and the continuation in power of Saddam's regime, but also the impact of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of ruthless regimes and the psychology of 'terrorist deterrence.' Its insights are keen and its scholarship is thorough, as evidenced by more than 900 footnotes, many of them containing multiple citations and informative content. This is not a book just for scholars and experts, however; it is written also for the interested layman."ÿ
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"This is an impressive and well written book about the part played by biological and chemical weapons in the Gulf War, their impact on in-war deterrence and their continuing relevance as the war drew to a close and thereafter. There are lessons to be learned from the Iraq experience that must be applied in the future not only in Iraq itself but further afield. quiescent alongside the Kosovo turmoil, we should stay aware of savagely unfinished business of vital interest." part played by biological and chemical weapons in the Gulf War, their impact on in-war deterrence and their continuing relevance as the war drew to a close and thereafter. There are lessons to be learned from the Iraq experience that must be applied in the future not only in Iraq itself but further afield. quiescent alongside the Kosovo turmoil, we should stay aware of savagely unfinished business of vital interest." Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Director Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI, RUSI Journal, London, August 1999
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
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The Continuing Storm is one of the most significant and intriguing books I have read. It sheds light on why the Gulf War really ended when it did, and comes to some startling conclusions on how biological and chemical weapons will impact global security in the future. The balance of power is changing before our eyes, as this books so clearly reveals. It changed my whole perspective on U.S. foreign policy in the Gulf, as well as helped me understand the "game" Saddam is playing. Very timely and interesting overall. I recommend this book to people who are concerned about international affairs, military strategy, and world stability.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book!!! Haselkorn brings a new dimension to our understanding of the Gulf War. In a nutshell Haselkorn argues that the reason the Coalition did not go "all the way" to Bagdad was due to the Chemical/Biological threat posed by Saddam. This is a fascinating thesis, though Haselkorn, in my opinion places to much weight on some flimsy evidence. Haselkorn argues that when the Iraqis fired a Scud missile at Israel with a concrete block attached instead of a warhead it was intended to warn Israel and the coalition that Saddam was prepared to fire missiles with biological warheads. Haselkorn further argues that the concrete block was intended to be seen as some kind of biological delivery vehicle. Is it not far more likely that in the heat of battle the Iraqis fired a missile with a dummy training round or that due to the pressure of the coalition bombing explosive warheads were not available? There are any number of reason why the Iraqis could have fired a missile with a concrete warhead, I think its a stretch to say that because the Iraqis fired a concrete warhead they were signaling their intenion to escalate to Chemical and Biological weapons. Nonetheless, this is an informative, well researched and well written book; moreover, it forces the reader to take a new look at the more conventional histories of the Gulf War. Good read, worth the money!!!!
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