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Ending the Iraq War
A Primer
Phyllis Bennis

published 2009 • 4¼" x 7" • 208 pages
ISBN 9781566567176 • paperback • $10.00

Public opinion in the United States and Great Britain has long called for ending the Iraq war—in recent polls about 70 percent of Americans agree. But the war continues, and what it will take to finally end it is not as clear. In an easy-to-read “frequently asked questions” format, long-time Middle East analyst Phyllis Bennis discusses the issues that have determined the course of the war, with an eye toward ending the US-led occupation and bringing peace to Iraq and the region. She analyzes the history of US and UK relations with Iraq, the origins of the war, the role of oil, the roles of Israel and other regional players, the past and possible future role of the UN, and the private military contractors and stop-loss policies that have made this war possible—at such a huge cost. And she examines Iraq at war, its sectarian divisions and the makeup of the resistance, and the terrible price Iraqis continue to pay for the war and occupation. She outlines possible courses of action for the US Congress and for the global antiwar movement, and critiques the plans for ending the war that have been presented thus far. This urgent, concise discussion will help every reader understand the war in Iraq in context, and provides the honest, independent analysis most needed for those working to end the war.

Click here to view a discussion with Phyllis Bennis on the Real News Network

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She is a long-time analyst of U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly regarding the Iraq war and Israel-Palestine conflict. She is the author of two other books in the series, Understanding the Palestinian–Israeli Conflict and Understanding the US–Iran Crisis.

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"In one of the most intelligently argued books on the many issues surrounding the war in Iraq, Bennis (fellow, Inst. for Policy Studies; Challenging Empire), a seasoned observer of the contemporary Middle East, examines in jargon-free and highly informative fashion many of the questions that have been raised by both supporters and critics of the Iraq War. Part 1 explains the sociopolitical forces in Iraq, while Part 2 focuses on Washington's rationale for launching the war and demystifies many of the commonly held assumptions about its causes. Part 3 deals with the implications of the Iraq War for the region and the rest of the world; such topics as the roles of Israel, Iran, and the UN are analyzed. Finally, in Part 4, the author explains how to end the Iraq War and withdraw American forces from Iraq. What makes this book unique is the question-and-answer format the author uses throughout to provide lucid answers to many of the commonly asked questions about the nature of this war. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries."
—Library Journal

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