Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745321998 Published October 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745322001 Published October 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing

Milan Rai

Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing

Milan Rai

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5.90551 x 8.07087
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745321998 Published October 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745322001 Published October 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Milan Rai's previous book became an international bestseller in the run-up to war. Regime Unchanged picks up where War Plan Iraq left off: it is a shocking, brilliantly persuasive account of the conflict and its aftermath that is essential reading for anyone who cares about peace and democracy.

Regime Unchanged shows how the US government has involved itself in a political quagmire in Iraq that threatens to evolve into a long and bloody conflict. As the number of US casualties rise every day, and fighting continues, the idea that the war is won has begun to fade. The longer the chaos continues, the more the conflict threatens to engulf other regions already bitterly opposed to American intervention.

Rigorously dissecting official propaganda and media misrepresentation, Regime Unchanged documents the real aftermath of the war. Milan Rai presents damning evidence that Ba‘athists were deliberately restored to power. In the confusion of the first month of Iraq's ‘liberation’, the US and Britain pursued a path very similar to that taken in liberated territories after WWII: demobilization of resistance movements, and the restoration of collaborators and fascists. Regime Unchanged demonstrates that this was not a war for disarmament, or for ‘regime change’, but a war for power.

Milan Rai examines how Washington undermined and finally shut down the UN weapons inspectors' efforts to disarm Iraq peacefully – just as they were on the brink of a new and decisive phase of inspections.

Rai also shows how the power of the global anti-war movement came very close to stopping the war against Iraq: he reveals exclusive evidence that the British Government was forced to frantically draw up contingency plans to withdraw from the US invasion force only days before the war was due to begin – because of the power of worldwide protest.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Map
Echoing Voices

Introduction: Tony Blair Wobbled—We Nearly Derailed The War

1. Argument Over—The War Was Wrong
2. ‘Regime Change’—A Prior Commitment
3. First Strike—The February 2001 Bombing Of Baghdad
4. Sickly Inhibitions—The Political Significance Of 11 September
5. George Bush Lied—Misconnecting Iraq, WMD And Terrorism
6. The First Ultimatum—The Five Demands
7. Disaster Strikes—Iraq Accepts The Weapons Inspectors
8. The Minefield—Resolution 1441: Designed To Be Refused
9. No Smoke, No Gun—No Evidence Discovered
10. Colin Powell Lied—Turning On The Inspectors
11. Inspection Was An Option—Qualitative Disarmament
12. Blitzing Dr Blix—UNMOVIC Resists
13. The Censored Document—Destroying The Inspectors
14. Authority And Power—US–UK Versus The UN
15. Regime Reloaded—Re-Nazifying Iraq
16. Hitler Won—False De-Nazification
17. Coup d’État—The US Wanted A Coup
18. Why ‘Regime Stabilization’?—Turkey and Saudi Arabia Need Saddamism
19. Crushing the Resistance—After WWII: Betraying The Anti-Fascists
20. Regime Revolutions—De-Ba‘athification?
21. Shia Power—A Looming Confrontation With The People Of Iraq
22. Sunni Rage—After Falluja
23. Capitalism’s War
24. Regime Unchanged
Postscript—What Would You Have Done?

Notes
Contributor Notes
Index

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