Web of Deceit

Web of Deceit

The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, From Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush

Book - 2007
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An investigative history of Western complicity in Saddam Hussein’s crimes reveals the story his trial never will.
In February 1991, the Shia of southern Iraq rose against Saddam Hussein.

Barry M. Lando, a former investigative producer for 60 Minutes, argues compellingly that this ill-fated uprising represents one instance among many of Western complicity in Saddam Hussein’s crimes against humanity. The Shia were responding to the call for rebellion from President George H.W. Bush that was broadcast repeatedly across Iraq by clandestine CIA stations. But, just as the revolution was on the brink of success, the United States and its allies turned their backs. In the end, tens of thousands were massacred.

Because of restrictions imposed by the Special Tribunal prosecuting Saddam Hussein, the extensive role of the U.S. and its allies in his crimes will never be explored at his trial. But as Web of Deceit demonstrates, the nations that now denounce Saddam most prominently secretly backed the dictator from his rise to power in the 1960s and ‘70s to his offensives in Iran and, despite warnings, took no action to stop his invasion of Kuwait. They also turned their backs when he used chemical weapons against the Iraqi people and persisted in international sanctions long after they had proved ineffective and, for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, lethal.

Web of Deceit draws on a wide range of journalism and scholarship to present a complete picture of what really happened in Iraq under Saddam, detailing – for the first time – the complicity of the West in its full and alarming extent.

Blackwell Publishing
Because of restrictions imposed by the Special Tribunal prosecuting Saddam Hussein, the role of the U.S. and its allies in his crimes could never be explored at his trial. This unique investigative history reveals the full extent of Western complicity: George W. Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq is just the latest in a series of cynical and duplicitous acts by foreign leaders, beginning after World War I, when the country was cobbled together by foreign interests. Barry M. Lando, former investigative producer with CBS's 60 Minutes, draws on a wide range of journalism and scholarship to present the catastrophic influence of foreign intervention in Iraq during the reign of Saddam-and the years leading to his rise to power.

The far-reaching web of deceit, Lando explains, ranges from the CIA-backed coups that helped the Baath Party seize power; to the U.S. secretly encouraging Saddam to invade Iran; to America's willful ignorance about Saddam's use of chemical weapons, first against Iranian troops and then his own people. Lando chronicles the ways that Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush continuously armed Saddam despite intelligence warnings that he was intent on producing weapons of mass destruction, and details the feckless Washington policies that helped provoke Saddam to invade Kuwait.

Laying out the shameful history of America's involvement in Iraq, Lando describes how, in 1991, George H.W. Bush incited Iraqis to rise against Saddam-only to turn his back when they heeded the call. Indeed, the American President actually aided the dictator's subsequent repression of the revolt, even as Saddam's men slaughtered tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands, of Shiites. Lando also describes the tragic impact of American and British trade sanctions against Iraq, which were maintained long after being proven ineffectual and despite evidence that huge numbers of Iraqi civilians, mainly children, were dying as a result.

A no-holds-barred trial of Saddam might have divulged many of these facts, but victor's justice prevented it. The international powers involved ensured that foreigners could not be prosecuted-a point that most media coverage has ignored. Web of Deceit definitively breaks that silence.

Publisher: [Scarborough, Ont.] : Doubleday Canada ; New York : Other Press, c2007
Description: xix, 350 p. : map
ISBN: 9780385663670
Branch Call Number: 327.567 Lan


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twinsburglib Oct 22, 2015

Its the truth they are the terrorists

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