The third edition of this highly-acclaimed book presents a broad history of Iraq, from the earliest times to the present. Particular attention is given to the emergence of modern Iraq in the 20th century, the power struggles that led to the rise of Saddam Hussein, and such recent events as the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), the 1990-91 Gulf crisis, the 2003 US-led aggression against Iraq and the shaping of the post-Saddam Middle East.
Some Indication is given of the sufferings of the Iraqi people, not only as victims of a brutal regime but also at the hands of US-led Western governments more concerned with access to the regional oil resource and with perceived strategic interests than with human welfare. The social effects of the US-sustained sanctions regime, the endless bombing campaign and the 2003 war are also profiled.
Such critical factors as the historical Western influence in the Middle East, the prolonged Western support for Saddam and the US contempt for the United Nations are profiled with particular attention to American pressure on the UN as a prelude to the 2003 war.
Detailed information is included, much of it unsympathetic to Western propaganda, to encourage a deeper understanding and a deeper ethical perception of the 'Iraq Question'.
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