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War Plan Iraq comes from an author on whose accuracy and research we have come to rely. The projected war is not inevitable. War Plan Iraq will help to prevent it.”—Bruce Kent

“Give peace a chance and buy this book. It explains why Bush’s proposed war against Iraq has little to do with Saddam’s tyranny and everything to do with Washington’s infinite greed for oil and power.”—Mike Davis

“If Nobel Peace Prizes were given to true peace-makers, one would be reserved for Milan Rai and his comrades in Voices in the Wilderness and Arrow. This book is a thorough, irrefutable testimony to why there should be no war with the Iraqis.”—John Pilger

“Milan Rai is one of the wisest war resisters of our time. His carefully researched analysis has consistently guided non-violent efforts to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. Now more than ever, we rely on his reasoning and integrity.”—Kathy Kelly

“This is the clearest and most persuasive explanation of the reasons not to go to war with Iraq that anyone could wish for. Written with great clarity and precision, War Plan Iraq exposes the extraordinary hypocrisy and double dealing which characterises the US march to war.”—George Monbiot

About the Author

Milan Rai is the author of Chomsky’s Politics and was awarded the 1993 Frank Cousins Peace Award for Research by the Transport and General Workers Union.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of American Power and the New Mandarins, Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), Deterring Democracy, Year 501, World Orders Old and New, Powers and Prospects, Profit over People, The New Military Humanism and Rogue States.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859845010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859845011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,182,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on October 30, 2002
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As a former US Army Intelligence Analyst, and as a long term lobbyist on this issue, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The analysis of the US dominated policy toward Iraq is dead on accurate. On the inside flap of the book there are three quotes, the first being one from a member National Security Council in 1991: "Our goal is to remove Saddam Hussein, not his regime."
This quote reveals the US policy not just toward Iraq, but is also useful in understanding what the US did in Afghanistan: The US government purposely and willfully destroyed attempts to extradite bin Laden -- just as it has destroyed all popularly supported methods to remove Saddam from power. As the book says so bluntly, it's about leadership change, not regime change in Iraq. As for Afghanistan, as Sen. Biden, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it, "The worst outcome would be if bin Laden was extradited."
About the only negative remark I can make about this book is that it's mostly from a British perspective and might not be the best choice for American readers. No matter, I urge everyone to read this book, buy it, give it to your friends, especially the ones who think that President Bush is doing the right thing. I have never recommended a book on Iraq this way. But this one is that good and more important than ever as we face a potential war in Iraq.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on January 2, 2003
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*War Plan Iraq* is a reasoned, non-jingoistic appeal for cool heads and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to US relations with Iraq. Milan Rai provides a concise history of UNSCOM inspections and how those inspections eventually broke down. Rai's point is to argue that the breakdown isn't irreparable. Rai then goes on to argue explicitly against a military showdown with Iraq by claiming (1) that there's no established connection between Iraq and Osama bin Laden, (2) that there's no evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, (3) that the consequences of war could be devastating to both the region and to international relations, (4) that the economic consequences of a war are dire, (5) that both popular and military opinion about a war are mixed, and (6) that Washington isn't so concerned with a regime change--that is, a change to democracy--as a leader change--that is, getting rid of Saddam Hussein. Consequently, overthrowing the current strongman will do nothing to improve the lot of the average Iraqi, despite Washington's rhetoric to the contrary.
All in all, a persuasively argued book. I recommend it alongside Anthony Arnove's *Iraq Under Siege* and, for the other side's perspective, Kenneth Pollack's *The Threatening Storm.*
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on November 20, 2002
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I fully agree with the excellent reviews previously posted by Will Podmore from the U.K. and Patrick Carkin from the U.S. It is true that the United States (and to a lesser extent Great Britain) have been seeking a pretext for invading Iraq for some time in order to gain control of its oil reserves. As this book makes clear, such an act of unprovoked aggression is in clear violation of the United Nations and would render much harm to our relationships with other countries around the world.
Overall, the book does a great job of deconstructing much of the anti-Iraqi propaganda that has recently been heaped upon the American public. But while Saddam Hussein is certainly no saint, the fact remains that our onetime ally has been doing our dirty work for years. Indeed, Saddam's dictatorship has served to effectively check the growing influence of Islamic fundamentalism. Contrary to President Bush's rhetoric, this is the real reason why the U.S. purposely left him in power at the conclusion of the Gulf War. The author details how U.S. forces allowed Iraq's Republican Guard troops to escape U.S. General Schwartzkopf's trap in southern Iraq so that they could move to quell the Kurdish rebellion in the north, ensuring the survival of Saddam's regime.
According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, it is estimated that Iraq's undiscovered oil reserves may equal Saudi Arabia's. Bush is obviously trying to promote an Iraqi-Al Qaeda connection in order to drum up support for an invasion that will ultimately allow U.S. oil corporations to profitably exploit these reserves. The losers in such an endeavor are U.S. taxpayers and of course the long-suffering Iraqi people.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on October 24, 2002
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This is a most convincing and well-argued case for peace.
Milan Rai deals brilliantly with the issue of the UN weapons inspections. He shows how the US government destroyed the UN�s weapons inspection agency Unscom. On 30 October 1998, the UN Security Council, led by the USA, refused to confirm that it would lift sanctions even after Unscom had verified that Iraq had disarmed. This breached Paragraph 22 of its own Resolution 687, and Iraq, temporarily, withdrew its cooperation with Unscom. A month later, it restored cooperation, but the US government had already decided to launch the Desert Fox bombing attack.
The US and British governments are covering up the fact that the inspections succeeded. By 1992, Unscom had eliminated Iraq�s long-range missile programme. By 1995, the International Atomic Energy Authority had eliminated Iraq�s nuclear weapons programme. According to Richard Butler, the head of the Unscom team, Unscom was within a few weeks of completing its work when the US government pulled it out. Why didn�t the US government want the inspections to succeed? Because it didn�t want Iraq peacefully disarmed, it wanted Iraq defeated in war. Why? Because only by occupying Iraq can the US government get what it really wants - control of Iraq�s oil.
The Bush government continues vehemently to oppose inspections. The Washington Post noted �concern by Wolfowitz and his civilian colleagues in the Pentagon that new inspections could torpedo their plans for military action to remove Hussein from power.� As Colin Powell said recently, if UN weapons inspectors returned to Iraq under existing agreements, the US �would find ways to thwart that�. So Bush is determined to wreck the new agreements achieved on 1 October.
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