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The Fire This Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf Paperback – March 1, 1994


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Pr; Reprint edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560250712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560250715
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Former Attorney General Clark assails U.S. foreign policymakers for atrocities visited upon the Iraqi people and the environment in the Gulf War.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Since the British lost their grip on the Middle-East, the U.S. have taken over. Mr. Clark very accurately describes how the role of the U.S. during the Gulf war fits into the bigger picture of how the U.S. have tried (and succeeded) for decades to remain the world's number one power.
At first, I only wanted to read the book because I had some little doubts about the how objective the information that we received via the media was. On the whole, I agreed that action was needed, and that the war against Iraq could not be avoided. Until I read this book... It was like shells fell from my eyes. I realise now that not only there was a lot more violence used against Iraq than we were told, and that the purpose of this war was not to get Iraq out of Kuwait (which was indeed the 19th province of Iraq before England "created" Kuwait out of it in 1922), but to cripple an entire nation for decades to come. And also that this war was carefully planned by the U.S. for years. Mr. Clark shows this with countless examples, that make you think: "yes, I always had doubts about that". One of them is that although the CIA was already aware for sixth months that during the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq used poison gas against the kurds in the North of Iraq, it never revealled this information to the press until after the Iran-Iraq ceasefire in 1988, 3 hours before an Iraqi delegate arrived in the U.S. and gave a press conference. This delegate was rather taken by surprise by the questions he got at this press-conference. This is striking evidence of how the stage was about to be set for the next act: if Iraq and Iran stop killing each other (mind you: with military aid of the US to both sides, I trust we have not forgot about the Iran gate scandal [...
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James Rosenthal on December 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent book, throughly footnoted and straight forward. Don't pay any attention to the previous reviewer who comes of as some sawed off war hack who hasn't even read the book to start with.Since he doesnt agree with Clark, he resorts to character assassination of this great man..shows the mindset of "if you're not with me, you're against me." Clark does an excellent job in exposing the US for its terror campaign in the Middle East, not just the Iraq affair. If you have open mind and a consciousness and persistance for the facts, this book is for you...if not, than keep away from this book as it may cause problems to your "patriotic" brainwashed mindset.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang A. M. on December 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an indispensable documentation of the truth behind the concerted government and media 'processing' of the US/British Persian Gulf war crimes that left even thousands of US troops sick and damaged for life. Even more necessary now on the brink of an abyss that would wrap human progress on this planet in darkness for decades to come. You'll find that another obscene assault on Iraq could pave the way for further 'wars' on independent nations, political assassinations ad lib., witch hunts on US and other citizens in disagreement. Some US citizens may think they're paying to be safe, but may actually be paying to get smashed. When Will They Ever Learn? Everybody should read this. Ask for the new 2002 edition that includes powerful documentation on US war strategy since 9/11.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
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The book is written by a respected US Gov Official. He has nothing to gain from writing this book but the contentment of disseminating the reality of US involvement in the middle east. Since writing the book, he has been chastised for being unpatriotic and even anti-semitic - all these reaction being confirmations of guilt. There is little subjectivity in this book - in fact it is not invigorating. Rather, Clark works through hard fact, in an appropriate level of detail, to describe just how misled the general public can be about war, and the incredible effects of sensationalist media and gov propaganda on the collective opinion. Read It.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Van Doorn on June 17, 2003
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Since the British lost their grip on the Middle-East, the U.S. have taken over. Mr. Clark very accurately describes how the role of the U.S. during the Gulf war fits into the bigger picture of how the U.S. have tried (and succeeded) for decades to remain the world's number one power. At first, I only wanted to read the book because I had some little doubts about the objectivity of the information that we received via the media. On the whole, I agreed that action was needed, and that the war against Iraq could not be avoided. Until I read this book...It was like shells fell from my eyes. I realise now that not only there was a lot more violence used against Iraq than we were told, and that the purpose of this war was not to get Iraq out of Kuwait (which was indeed the 19th province of Iraq before England "created" Kuwait out of it in 1922), but to cripple an entire nation for decades to come. But also that this war was carefully planned by the U.S. for years. Mr. Clark shows this with countless examples, that make you say to yourself: "yes, I always had doubts about that". One of them is that although the CIA was already aware for sixth months that during the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq used poison gas against the kurds in the North of Iraq, it never revealled this information to the press until after the Iran-Iraq ceasefire in 1988, 3 hours before an Iraqi delegate arrived in the U.S. and gave a press conference. This delegate was rather taken by surprise by the questions he got at this press-conference. I can hardly exagerate the need for everybody to read this book, and learn what price the Iraqi people had to pay to secure U.S. access to cheap oil...that's what bothers me most: this war was not about democracy or human rights, it was about money and power only. And by the way: all this talk about U.S.Read more ›
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