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Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yugoslaviaby Alexander Cockburn
Synopses & Reviews
The war on Iraq didn't begin with the lethal pyrotechnics of Shock and Awe, and it didn't end with George W. Bush's made-for-TV aircraft landing. Undetected by the mainstream press, the US campaign against Iraq began many years before, featuring cruel sanctions, weekly bombardments, and assassinations. With Saddam deposed, the US now finds itself mired in a grinding occupation, its troops under constant attack with no exit in sight.
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the last decade, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to overthrow unruly regimes in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan under the pretext of humanitarian intervention. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair reported on these wars as they happened. Years ahead of the pack, they exposed the economic motives behind the wars and how fraudulent intelligence, a spaniel press corps, a servile United Nations, and corporate propaganda techniques were used to sell them to the public.
Imperial Crusades chronicles the lies that are now returning almost daily to haunt the liars in Washington and London, the secret agendas and the under-reported carnage of these wars. It is a ripely vivid, blow-by-blow commentary from Cockburn and St. Clair, and regular CounterPunch writers such as the late Edward Said, former marines Chris White and Scott Cossette, historians Gary Leupp and Doug Lummis, psychologist Carol Norris, economist Paul de Rooij, human rights lawyer Joanne Mariner, and former senior CIA analysts Bill Christison and Ray McGovern.
Book News Annotation:
Put together by the co-editors of Counterpunch (the leftist political weekly and website that has been equally fervent in attacking the warmongering of Democrats and Republicans alike) this volume collects Counterpunch coverage of the U.S. wars against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The editors own acerbic observations, valuable in and of themselves, are interspersed with contributions from such figures as Palestinian scholar Edward Said, human rights lawyer Joanne Mariner, former CIA analysts Bill Christison, economist Paul de Rooij, and historian Gary Leupp, all adding up to a collection that maintains the characteristic no-holds-barred idiosyncrasy familiar to regular readers of their publication.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Chronicles the lies that are now returning almost daily to haunt the liars in Washington and London, the secret agendas and the under-reported carnage of these wars.
The political and human carnage of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia are chronicled in this book, featuring entries from the authors, former marines, historians, a psychologist, an economist, a human rights lawyer, and former CIA analysts.
About the Author
Alexander Cockburn co-edits CounterPunch with Jeffrey St. Clair. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.Jeffrey St. Clair co-edits CounterPunch with Alexander Cockburn. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime's Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.
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