During the main action of the Gulf War the public often felt assaulted by a mass of undigested impressions, images and opinions from the media and the military. It was almost as if a war film were in progress rather than a very harsh reality. Now after the hostilities, experts in their fields offer more analyses of events preceding, during and after the Gulf War and provide readers with facts and perspectives. These essays enable the reader to consider the enormous consequences of military action and to draw their own conclusions about the real nature of war and the potential for peace on our planet. It includes articles by Grace Paley on the American Peace Movement; Alexander Cockburn on the western world's relationship with Saddam Hussein prior to the war and the USA's will towards war throughout the months of phoney diplomacy; Abbas Chiblak on the Palestinian Diaspora; Faleh 'Abd el Jabbar, on the dynamic of internal repression and external aggression of Iraq; Dr Fadia Faqir on Arab women's experiences of the war; Admiral Gene La Roche and Admiral Carroll, from the Washington Centre for Defence Information' on the fighting of the most technological war; Edward Pearce on the media devastation; Barbara Rogers on the hijacking of the United Nations; Dr Lesley Morrison, a key member of the Medical Campaign, on the UK government's secret medical provision for the war and Dr Roger Owen's epilogue on the Middle East after the Gulf War.
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This British "instant book" of 12 critical essays (plus a poem) includes some British and Arab voices that will seem refreshing to an American audience. Though a few contributions are dated, most stand up well. In her angry, cogent introduction Brittain, assistant foreign editor at the Guardian , indicts the U.S. and Great Britain for ignoring the issue of democracy in the Middle East as well as warnings about the war's tragic consequences. Iraq-born journalist Faleh' Abd al Jabar thoroughly analyzes the roots of the invasion of Kuwait, emphasizing Iraqi internal dynamics such as the need to trigger patriotism in a crumbling society. Jordan-born writer Fadia Faqir, transmuting reportage into quasi-fictional narrative, conveys the plight of Arab women, "the forgotten casualties of the cycles of violence." Columnist Edward Pearce of the Guardian --the only British daily that opposed the war--excoriates the British press, observing that "for the British broadly, war had come to play a therapeutic role." The book also includes an essay by Washington defense analysts Rear Admirals Gene La Rocque and Eugene Carroll and another by Nation contributors Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cohen.
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Book Description Virago Pr, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1853813869