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Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush Hardcover – January 17, 2007
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The book's ten chapters describes the creation and evolution of Iraq. In the first chapter, beginning in 1914 and spanning four and a half decades, Lando begins with a brief but useful look at pre-Twentieth Century history of the region. The real meat is the British and French actions and deals to divy up the region, which Lando uses to draw stark parallels to the current American involvement in Iraq.
The rest of the book focuses Western and Soviet involvement in shaping Iraq through support, both explicit and implicit, whether accident or not. The book concludes in August 2006 in the appropriately titled chapter "Full Circle: The Occupation" that itself concludes by reminding the reader of history 80 years before when the British occupied Iraq.
I found the book to be an exceptional and quick paced read. I also found myself constantly reading hit frequent endnotes. This book is an "investigative history" as the jacket describes, similar to Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life in the Emerald City (a book Lando would have benefited from but was probably not released in time for his deadlines), but much broader and with greater reach-back in terms of both time and beyond the immediate superficial players. Lando peels back more layers while not getting analytical. He simply lays out the facts in an effective and accessible chronological manner creating what is essentially a compendum of the essential material analyzing (and criticizing) of Iraq, notably the Iraq War media and texts, through 2006.Read more ›
The two compelling facts that stay with me as I put the book down, are two:
1) From Churchill to Kennedy to Bush (Cheney), all of our Presidents in the US, but most especially Reagan, Bush, Clinton (Brzezinski), and the current and failed crew of neo conservatives that use Bush Junior as a talking doll, have been complicit--let me spell that again--complicit in the mass murders, the massacres, the torture that we first condoned and now practice ourselves. The US White House denizens are all long overdue for formal indictment, at least by a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The author documents, very ably, a long string of broken promises (e.g. to the Bedouin leader for a free Arab state in return for help in WWI, to the Kurds, etc.) and complicity in mass murder. In the author's views, the sanctions are a war crime against the children, women, and elderly of Iraq, a war crime that lasted thirteen years.
2) Salaam Hussein was a creature spawned in large part by the CIA. Although I have spent 30 years in the intelligence business, it was not until I embarked on my broad non-fiction reading program that I have been able to understand that the CIA specifically, but all the rest of the classified intelligence community, is complicit in mass murders, genocides, running cocaine into the US to wipe out poor communities now addicted to crack, made affordable by the CIA's drug runners, and made politically kosher because Wall Street demands drug money--laundered drug money--for its liquidity.
I join Lee Iacocca in asking, "Where is the outrage?Read more ›
Like Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein was a monster we help create in a very big way. When he was coerced into attacking Iran, he was useful. When he gassed the Kurds and the town of Halabja, he was inconvenient, but still an ally, and was removed from the list of terrorist states. When our government (in concert with the Iranians) removed military support for the Kurdish rebellion, our government watched as he brutally massacred and gassed them with weapons he procured from us and the Germans. When he became no longer useful, we did him in. We did not allow the court to name foreigners as co-defendants, which was lucky for many in our current administration.
But what is more extraordinary, is the history of the Soviets, Israeli's and the U.S selling weapons to both Iraq and Iran during their war through the 1980's. We sold weapons to both sides (Iran - Contra Scandal), gave Saddam satellite and other intelligence, just enough to keep them both going so that, in the words of Henry Kissinger: "I hope they kill each other...".
This book provides a wealth of information for those interested in understanding some of the history of U.S interference in Iraq, and a little of the same in Iran.
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Quite a history of the middle east from the early 1900s Everyone should read it to learn why the Mid East is in such turmoil. I highly recommend it!Published 5 months ago by HarryC
“Web of Deceit” is book written by a highly respected journalist who knows how to collect facts and how to analyze them. Mr. Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Mark Pitkin
This book provides many details about the history of Western involvement in Iraq that we never see in the establishment media. Highly recommended.Published on May 29, 2013 by William T. Harvey
Excellent sourcing of history virtually ignored except by those seeking to repeat it or avoid repeating it. Excellent neutral treatment of the facts sans politically revisionism.Published on May 26, 2013 by rex cullum
I thoroughly enjoyed the author's overall timeline history of developments in the Middle East which have impacted the current situation. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Ray Robidoux
I read this book during the 2008 Republican National Convention, and what a stark contrast between the rhetoric from the podium and the facts (documented in this book and its 55... Read morePublished on September 4, 2008 by Robert Carlberg
For me it was a fascinating read. I learned not only a lot about Iraq and its past. I learned about how international politics work and I learned about the dynamics between the... Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Edward van Binsbergen
Barry Lando, an award-winning investigative producer with 60 Minutes, has written a most enlightening book. Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by William Podmore
Lando begins by telling us that numerous world leaders have contributed to the mess in Iraq, beginning with its illogical formation after WWI. Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Loyd Eskildson