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The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf Paperback – September 21, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0965691680 ISBN-10: 0965691683 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: International Action Center; 3rd edition (September 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965691683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965691680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The former U.S. attorney general, an internationally renowned human rights activist, traveled through Iraq during February 1991, gathering evidence of alleged American war crimes. Despite assurances from the Pentagon and allied leaders that everything possible was being done to avoid civilian casualties, Clark determined that the U.S.-led bombardment was a deliberate campaign against Iraqi civilians meant to deprive them of food, water, medical supplies and the wherewithal to resuscitate their economy. Clark argues--unconvincingly--that the U.S. Constitution was grossly violated, that 60% of our troops were duped "people of color" and most of the others were "poor whites," that U.S. warplanes killed 1500 civilians in one Baghdad bomb shelter, and that the American media conspired to persuade the public of the righteousness of the "deeply immoral" conduct of the war by U.S. forces. Saddam Hussein's conduct is not addressed. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This book by former U.S. Attorney General Clark is unique because it is based on his firsthand experience of the damage inflicted on Iraqi society as a result of the destruction of that country's civilian infrastructure during the Persian Gulf war. Clark goes beyond the usual explanation of the causes and consequences of the war and explains in detail "violations" of international legal principles by the United States and its allies in their war against Iraq. Clark also contends that the U.S. government led Saddam Hussein into taking actions that would justify U.S. military involvement in the Gulf. Clark's arguments may be controversial, especially to readers accustomed to popular explanations about the war, but they are certainly thought-provoking and worth reading. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.
- Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, Ala.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monish R. Chatterjee on January 6, 2011
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Ramsey Clark (RC) has been an inspirational voice for those who love peace and justice in this world. Even more so as a former senior member of the U.S. government who has the courage to speak out against the nefarious history of U.S. foreign policy. From 1991 and much earlier, the U.S. role in the middle-East has been one of coddling dictators and tyrants, condoning and even assisting Israel's illegal occupation and mass murders in Lebanon and Palestine, and inflicting unprovoked wars, death and destruction upon millions of innocent human beings, all in the quest for maintaining Empire's grip on oil and energy profits.

Through his words and actions of courage and conviction set against the dark forces of power and greed, Mr. Clark has stood even higher than the likes of Richard Clarke, John Dean, Joseph Wilson and others. His only close parallels would be Bill Moyers and Paul Craig Roberts (former government insiders), but RC to me goes even farther through his direct participation in the efforts to stop US-sponsored genocide and terror.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on December 8, 2007
In The Fire This Time Clark has managed a remarkable feat: he has managed to find a way to blame the United States for every bad thing that happened during the First Gulf War, even things that Saddam himself initiated. Saddam put civilians into a command bunker but the United States committed a war crime by destroying it and killing the occupants. Saddam allowed his army to be caught in a trap in Kuwait but the United States committed a war crime by bombing his army before it could flee back to Iraq with the booty it stole. Saddam dumped oil into the Persian Gulf but the U.S. committed a war crime... we KNEW he was going to do that if we entered Kuwait but we liberated it anyway.

I am not exaggerating the "logic" of this book one bit. But then, what would you expect of a lawyer who tried to defend Saddam at his trial by giving him DNC talking points to read?

One of my least favorite books of all time. Other bad books are just poorly written or poorly researched this one. This one is deformed.
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