Saddam Hussein's Gulf Wars (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
164
Utgivningsdatum
1992-10-01
Förlag
Praeger Publishers Inc
Illustratör/Fotograf
black & white illustrations
Illustrationer
black & white illustrations
Dimensioner
229 x 152 x 13 mm
Vikt
418 g
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
1 Hardback
ISBN
9780275943240
Saddam Hussein's Gulf Wars (inbunden)

Saddam Hussein's Gulf Wars

Ambivalent Stakes in the Middle East

Inbunden Engelska, 1992-10-01
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This book deals extensively with Iraq and Saddam Hussein--his rise to power, his mastery of Iraqi statecraft, his pan-Arab proclivities and his two Gulf wars: the first against Iran and the second against the U.S.-led multinational coalition in 1990-1991. Israeli sources, as well as materials gathered during a trip to Turkey and the Kurdish refugee areas in northern Iraq, provide additional perspective for the author and his analysis. The book portrays a multidimensional Saddam Hussein: good and bad, strategic and human. It throws light on the reasons the U.S. went to war against Saddam, and presents an in-depth analysis of the United States' policies, which at one time supported Iraq's cause, in the Gulf region. A valuable feature of the book is its detailed discussion of the psychology of Saddam, of the Arabs, the Iranians, the Israelis, and the American public before, during, and after the Gulf War. Rezun's conclusions challenge generally accepted views that lay the blame for the war on Saddam Hussein. Although Saddam is a cruel and rapacious demagogue, U.S. policymakers are to blame for having supported Saddam for so long. The author also rejects the view that General Norman Schwartzkopf was a great hero of the last war. Contrary to general opinion, Schwartzkopf conducted a no-risk operation into which Saddam Hussein was caught because of his miscalculation of U.S. intentions. Critical of U.S. policies, Rezun finds them naive and short-sighted. Although disapproving of U.S. policies during the war, Rezun praises the support and sustenance given by the Bush administration to the Kurds in the final hours of the Gulf War. This book is addressed to generalists and academic specialists, and students of Middle East politics.
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?A well-rounded, contextual portrait of Saddam, who is routinely depicted in the West as a two-dimensional mad villain. This analysis illuminates the numerous issues that fuel the conflict between the West and Islamic Arabs, Iraq--once an ally--in particular. . . . This book will provide researchers with a solid historical foundation for understanding future events.?-American Libraries ?Rezun's most recent book is a provocative think piece which seeks to explain the Saddam Hussein phenomenon. Gulf Wars presents an excellent discussion of the psychology of all the participants before, during and after the Gulf War. Rezun, serving as a lightning rod, performs a useful service by provoking discussion in this area.?-The Friday Review of Defense Literature "Rezun's most recent book is a provocative think piece which seeks to explain the Saddam Hussein phenomenon. Gulf Wars presents an excellent discussion of the psychology of all the participants before, during and after the Gulf War. Rezun, serving as a lightning rod, performs a useful service by provoking discussion in this area."-The Friday Review of Defense Literature "A well-rounded, contextual portrait of Saddam, who is routinely depicted in the West as a two-dimensional mad villain. This analysis illuminates the numerous issues that fuel the conflict between the West and Islamic Arabs, Iraq--once an ally--in particular. . . . This book will provide researchers with a solid historical foundation for understanding future events."-American Libraries

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MIRON REZUN, born in Israel, is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and has published widely on the Middle East and the Soviet Union. His articles have appeared in Etudes Internationales, the International Journal, Queen's Quarterly, and Problems of Communism. He edited the book Iran at the Crossroads: Global Relations in a Turbulent Decade (1990). He has published Post-Khomeini Iran and the New Gulf War (1991) and Intrigue and War in Southwest Asia (Praeger, 1991). Forthcoming is his edited collection: Nationalism and the Breakup of an Empire: Russia and Its Periphery (Praeger, 1992).

Innehållsförteckning

Prologue Arabs, Islam, and the West "Standing Steadfast" "Qadissiyat Saddam" The Signals Were There--But No One Listened Squaring Off The Storm Epilogue