Behind The War On Terror
Following the US declaration of a ‘war on terror’, Washington hawks were quick to label Iraq part of an ‘axis of evil’. After a tense build-up, in March 2003 the United States and Britain invaded Iraq, purportedly to protect Western publics from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). At the same time, long before the truth became official, Nafeez was writing a book which explained why both nations were being misled by their politicians…
Using official sources, Ahmed investigates US and British claims about Iraq’s WMD programmes, and in the process reveals the hidden motives behind the 2003 invasion and the grand strategy of which it is a part. He shows that the true goals of US-British policy in the Middle East are camouflaged by spin, PR declarations, and seemingly noble words. The reality can only be comprehended through knowledge of the history of Western intervention in the region. Ahmed demonstrates that such intervention has been dictated ruthlessly by economic and political interests, with little regard for human rights. He traces events of the past decades, beginning with the West’s support for the highly-repressive Shah of Iran, his subsequent usurpation by the Ayatollah’s Islamist regime, and the West’s resultant backing of Saddam Hussein. The sponsorship of Saddam’s tyranny - a self-serving tactic intended to strategically counterbalance Iran - included the supply of technology to build WMD as well as tacit complicity in their use against Iranians and Kurds.
Ahmed’s meticulous research into the secret history of Western manoeuvrings in the Middle East since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, reveals the actual causes of the first Gulf War, the humanitarian catastrophe created by the twelve-year sanctions policy against Iraq, and the consistent obstructions of the ‘Oil for Food’ programme. He also provides information on the West’s own widespread use of WMD, and the likely culprits of the 2001 anthrax attacks in the US.
UK Publisher: Clairview Books / Paperback Original 2003
US Publisher: New Society Publishers Ltd
Translation rights: JPLA
"I wish every American who still believes in the good intentions of our government would read this book. Drawing upon his impressive research into recent history, Nafeez Ahmed skilfully exposes the real motives behind the 'war on terrorism' and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq."
"In a worthy sequel to the author’s path-breaking expose of 9/11, this book exposes the real reasons for the War Against Iraq. Ahmed recounts the untold history of how the orchestration of conflict and the conduct of military operations by Anglo-American power in the Middle East since Lawrence of Arabia has led today to a form of worldwide surrogate-imperialism."
Andre Gunder Frank
"Nafeez Ahmed provides a valuable service by clearly laying out the facts and analysis people need to make sense of the US attack on Iraq. The reality of US policy in the Middle East isn’t pretty, which makes it all the more important to confront. Thanks to Ahmed for taking on the challenge."
Robert W. Jensen
"Powerful, meticulously researched and carefully reasoned analysis of the recent history of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden; fallout from the so-called 'war on terrorism'; as well as a harrowing prediction of overly concentrated power in the United States leading to the rise of a new type of governmental fascism at home. Chilling, informative, and thought-provoking, The War On Freedom is very highly recommended reading and a welcome contribution to the growing library of information on contemporary international terrorism."
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