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By Alex Danchev, John MacMillan

The Iraq struggle and Democratic Politics comprises the paintings of major students curious about the political implications of the Iraq warfare and its courting to and importance for democracy. The e-book shuns simplistic research and offers a nuanced and demanding evaluate of this key second in worldwide politics. matters lined include:

* the underlying ethical and political matters raised through the war
* US overseas coverage and the center East
* the basic dilemmas and contradictions of democratic intervention
* how the battle used to be perceived within the united kingdom, european and US
* the demanding situations of constructing democracy within Iraq
* the influential function of NGOs
* the legitimacy of the warfare inside of foreign law
* the connection among democratic executive and intelligence.

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Of Princeton University’s Transregional Institute for the Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, held at Versailles, France, 11–14 December 2003. Ahmed, Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society, 2003. 3 See Kinzer. Johnson, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000. Perle, An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror, New York: Random House, 2003.

5 Such a priority has been emphasized as the main justification for the Iraq War in the light of the failures to find WMD. It was also the centerpiece of President Bush’s featured speech to the National Endowment for Democracy on 6 November 2003. S. Diplomacy, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. 7 For telling critiques see Christopher Scheer, Robert Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudry, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq, New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003; also Ahmed, Behind the War, pp.

One very persuasive answer emerges from the foregoing discussion: 9/11 enormously boosted the perception that US national security—not just regional security, Israel’s security or general economic security, but American life and limb—was at risk in faraway places. Iraq was not a will-o’-the-wisp like Al Qaeda, but a rogue state which was implicated in destructive weapons programmes and openly supporting terrorist groups in Palestine. Compared with Iran and North Korea, the two other countries on Bush’s 2002 ‘axis of evil’ list, Iraq was a relatively manageable target in military terms.

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