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Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq

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A devastating critique of America's military occupation of Iraq by one of the leaders of the global antiwar movement, Tariq Ali. Eschewing the liberal option of hand-wringing and the fashionable lurch to the right by some former leftists, Bush in Babylon stands apart from the morass of sycophantic books now being presented as serious analysis by mainstream publishers.

Detailing the longstanding imperial ambitions of key figures in the Bush administration and how war profiteers close to Bush are cashing in, Bush in Babylon is unique in moving beyond the corporate looting by the U.S. military government to offer the reader an expert and in-depth analysis of the extent of resistance to the U.S. occupation in Iraq. The sum is a characteristically revealing blend of politics, history, and culture proposing that the U.S. war on Iraq marks a historical shift in imperial occupation and resistance that will mark the whole of the twenty-first century.

On 15 February, eight million people marched on the streets of five continents against a war that had not yet begun. A historically unprecedented number of people rejected official justifications for war that the secular Ba'ath Party of Iraq was connected to al-Qaeda or that "weapons of mass destruction" existed in the region, outside of Israel.

More people than ever are convinced that the greatest threat to peace comes from the center of the American empire and its satrapies, with Blair and Sharon as lieutenants to the Commander-in-Chief. Examining how countries from Japan to France eventually rushed to support U.S. aims, as well as the futile U.N. resistance, Tariq Ali proposes a re-founding of Mark Twain's mammoth American Anti-Imperialist League (which included William James, W.E.B. DuBois, William Dean Howells, and John Dewey) to carry forward the antiwar movement. Meanwhile, as Iraqis show unexpected hostility and independence, rather than gratitude, for "liberation," Ali is unique in uncovering the depth of the resistance now occurring inside occupied Iraq.

Review:

"[A] plaintive, choppy rant instead of an organized, thorough analysis....Ali's summary of history from inside the radical Arab left...is intended as 'a warning to both occupier and resister' that the current course of history is toward more violence and inequality." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Ali's style is vigorous, his narrative compelling." Karen Armstrong

Synopsis:

Claiming that war profiteers close to President George W. Bush are now cashing in, one of the leaders of the global antiwar movement offers an in-depth analysis of the extent of resistance to the United States occupation of Iraq.

Synopsis:

Bush in Babylon is above all a history of Iraqi resistance against empires old and new. Imperial interventions in the past created a layer of collaborators who could only be removed via a revolution: but the tragedy of Iraq is also self-inflicted. The radical colonels, courageous communists and burnt-out Ba'athists failed to establish a stable and just democratic republic, thus enabling a return visit by imperialism.

Synopsis:

Ali argues against the view that sees imperialist occupation as the only viable solution to bring about regime-change in corrupt and dictatorial states. He argues that economic, Political and strategic interests are clear.

Synopsis:

The bestselling history of the resistance in Iraq that vitalized the antiwar movement.

Synopsis:

The assault and capture of Iraq — and the resistance it has provoked — will shape the politics of the twenty-first century. In this passionate and provocative book, Tariq Ali provides a history of Iraqi resistance against empires old and new, and argues against the view that sees imperialist occupation as the only viable solution to bring about regime-change in corrupt and dictatorial states. Like the author's previous work, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, this book presents a magnificent cultural history.

Detailing the longstanding imperial ambitions of key figures in the Bush administration and how war profiteers close to Bush are cashing in, Bush in Babylon is unique in moving beyond the corporate looting by the US military government to offer the reader an expert and in-depth analysis of the extent of resistance to the US occupation in Iraq.

On 15 February 2003, eight million people marched on the streets of five continents against a war that had not yet begun. A historically unprecedented number of people rejected official justifications for war that the secular Ba'ath Party of Iraq was connected to al-Qaeda or that "weapons of mass destruction" existed in the region, outside of Israel.

More people than ever are convinced that the greatest threat to peace comes from the center of the American empire and its satrapies, with Blair and Sharon as lieutenants to the Commander-in-Chief. Examining how countries from Japan to France eventually rushed to support US aims, as well as the futile UN resistance, Tariq Ali proposes a re-founding of Mark Twain's mammoth American Anti-Imperialist League (which included William James, W.E.B. DuBois, William Dean Howells, and John Dewey) to carry forward the antiwar movement. Meanwhile, as Iraqis show unexpected hostility and independence, rather than gratitude, for "liberation," Ali is unique is uncovering the depth of the resistance now occurring inside occupied Iraq.

About the Author

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker, long-time political activist and campaigner, and very much in demand as a commentator on the current situation in the Middle East. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, including the bestseller The Clash of Fundamentalisms, five novels, and scripts for both stage and screen. The first novel in the Islam Quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia de Castro Prize for Best Foreign Language Fiction published in Spain in 1994 and, like The Book of Saladin, has been translated into several languages.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: Living with the Enemy 1
2 The Jackals' Wedding 18
3 An Oligarchy of Racketeers 42
4 Colonels and Communists 66
5 Ba'athism, Saddam and Gumhurriya 102
6 War and Empire 144
7 Empires and Resistance 172
App Christopher Hitchens and the First Gulf War 199
Index 209

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859845837
Author:
Ali, Tariq
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Relations
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Iraq
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War,
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
World History-Iraq War (2003-?)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.40x6.28x.79 in. 1.09 lbs.

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Product details 216 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9781859845837 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] plaintive, choppy rant instead of an organized, thorough analysis....Ali's summary of history from inside the radical Arab left...is intended as 'a warning to both occupier and resister' that the current course of history is toward more violence and inequality."
"Review" by , "Ali's style is vigorous, his narrative compelling."
"Synopsis" by , Claiming that war profiteers close to President George W. Bush are now cashing in, one of the leaders of the global antiwar movement offers an in-depth analysis of the extent of resistance to the United States occupation of Iraq.
"Synopsis" by , Bush in Babylon is above all a history of Iraqi resistance against empires old and new. Imperial interventions in the past created a layer of collaborators who could only be removed via a revolution: but the tragedy of Iraq is also self-inflicted. The radical colonels, courageous communists and burnt-out Ba'athists failed to establish a stable and just democratic republic, thus enabling a return visit by imperialism.
"Synopsis" by , Ali argues against the view that sees imperialist occupation as the only viable solution to bring about regime-change in corrupt and dictatorial states. He argues that economic, Political and strategic interests are clear.
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling history of the resistance in Iraq that vitalized the antiwar movement.
"Synopsis" by , The assault and capture of Iraq — and the resistance it has provoked — will shape the politics of the twenty-first century. In this passionate and provocative book, Tariq Ali provides a history of Iraqi resistance against empires old and new, and argues against the view that sees imperialist occupation as the only viable solution to bring about regime-change in corrupt and dictatorial states. Like the author's previous work, The Clash of Fundamentalisms, this book presents a magnificent cultural history.

Detailing the longstanding imperial ambitions of key figures in the Bush administration and how war profiteers close to Bush are cashing in, Bush in Babylon is unique in moving beyond the corporate looting by the US military government to offer the reader an expert and in-depth analysis of the extent of resistance to the US occupation in Iraq.

On 15 February 2003, eight million people marched on the streets of five continents against a war that had not yet begun. A historically unprecedented number of people rejected official justifications for war that the secular Ba'ath Party of Iraq was connected to al-Qaeda or that "weapons of mass destruction" existed in the region, outside of Israel.

More people than ever are convinced that the greatest threat to peace comes from the center of the American empire and its satrapies, with Blair and Sharon as lieutenants to the Commander-in-Chief. Examining how countries from Japan to France eventually rushed to support US aims, as well as the futile UN resistance, Tariq Ali proposes a re-founding of Mark Twain's mammoth American Anti-Imperialist League (which included William James, W.E.B. DuBois, William Dean Howells, and John Dewey) to carry forward the antiwar movement. Meanwhile, as Iraqis show unexpected hostility and independence, rather than gratitude, for "liberation," Ali is unique is uncovering the depth of the resistance now occurring inside occupied Iraq.
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