A War Too Far : Iraq, Iran and the New American Century by Paul Rogers

By Paul Rogers

There are few this present day who can declare that the USA career of Iraq has been a hit, for Iraq or the USA. A struggle Too a ways takes this on by means of on reflection at the many unanswered questions on the invasion itself. What was once the true cause of the Iraq warfare? Did George Bush ever have a technique to confront al-Qaida in a single area? How does the invasion adjust Iraq's courting with Iran? And what does this suggest for the longer term? World-renowned defense specialist Paul Rogers tackles those questions, supplying a uniquely insightful research of occasions in the course of and after the battle. interpreting the fragile stability of energy in Iraq, he explores the choices for a US go out approach, and the way the invasion impacts America's courting with Iran. Paul Rogers estimated in 2000 that the united states could event a terrorist assault by itself soil. next occasions proved how actual he used to be. This booklet is needed examining for college students, reporters, policy-makers and a person drawn to getting the entire tale concerning the risky effects of the most recent American enterprise within the center East. Paul Rogers explores: • The neo-conservative imaginative and prescient of a US-dominated heart East • The oil hyperlink – Iraq's importance in power geopolitics • hyperlinks with Israel – the advance of shut army cooperation among the USA and Israeli army • The becoming chance of a warfare on Iran and its strength repercussions

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The absence of medical help is extraordinary, especially given that it had proved possible to move huge supplies of military equipment into the region in the midst of the conflict. Many of these and other immediate post-war problems had been predicted by medical non-government organisations (NGOs) such as MEDACT, so there is in principle no excuse for the US and British governments consistently failing to deliver aid, even as military forces are withdrawn from the region. The second feature of the current situation directly follows from this.

Three other factors are relevant in appreciating the longterm significance of some of the developments during this period. One was the information coming to light, primarily from independent non-government sources, about the extent 30 Rogers 01 chap01 30 24/11/05 09:42:47 AFTERMATH 31 of civilian and military casualties suffered during the first three weeks of the war. This was already beginning to confirm the fears of some of the independent analysts who, before the war, had warned of high civilian casualties but who had had their views summarily dismissed.

It is a recipe for further violence and runs directly counter to standard practice in post-conflict peace-building. A far more sensible policy would have been to conscript army units into civil reconstruction, using them as the core elements in a process into which many more people could have been incorporated very rapidly. This would have formed a basis for providing immediate employment on a substantial scale. Instead, the opposite is happening, with increased unemployment precisely when public order is becoming so difficult to maintain.

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