Check "The Iraq War" by John Keegan to get an account
of Iraqi history, the conflict Islamsim and pan-Arab
nationalism in it, the place of the Baath party in
that issue and how Saddam rose to power in it.
Like most accounts I read, the description below is
more concerned with US or European history than Iraqi.
--- Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Re Saddam. The descriptions of him are accurate, but
> incomplete. Needed
> 1. Saddam was put in power and maintained in power
> by the U.S.
> 2. His _greatest crime_ was the long war against
> Iran, and the use of
> chemical weapons in that war. But those chemical
> weapons were supplied
> by the U.S. _and_ the U.S. continually urged him on
> in that war.
> 2a. Saddam, then, was merely the pawn. The U.S. was
> the major criminal
> in all his criminal acts.
> Incidentally, most or all but one or two of the u.s.
> civilians killed in
> Iraq should be included in the list of _military_
> casualties: they are
> mercenaries working for corporations which hire out
> their military
> services. These corporations got their main start
> (with the approval of
> the u.s.) hiring out their services in civil wars in
> And re John Kerry. I'm casting a blank ballot in
> November (voting at all
> merely to keep my registration active). Bush is a
> war criminal, though
> so far his victims number rather less than the
> victims of the preceding
> war criminal, William Clinton. Kerry is a candidate
> for chief war
> criminal of the first decade of the 21st century. He
> merely promises to
> carry out the Occupation (namely, the continuing
> mass murder) more
> efficiently than Bush. Where's the choice?
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