Making the World Safe for Capitalism: How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed
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The Iraq war defined the first decade of the twenty-first century – leading to mass protests and raising profound questions about domestic politics and the use of military force. Yet most explanations of the war have a narrow focus either on political personalities or oil.
Christopher Doran provides a unique perspective, arguing that the drive to war came from the threat Iraq might pose to American economic hegemony if the UN sanctions regime was ended. Doran argues that this hegemony is rooted in third world debt and corporate market access. It was protection of these arrangements that motivated US action, not Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction or a simplistic desire to seize its oil.
This book will provide new insights on the war which still casts a shadow over global politics, and will have wide appeal to all those concerned about the Middle East, world peace and global development.
psychologists, and left wing party loyalists. They were killed not because of their weapons (which most did not have) but because of their beliefs. In the Southern Cone, where contemporary capitalism was born, the ‘War on Terror’ was a war against all obstacles to the new order.13 Similarly in Iraq, most victims of US initiated violence have been ordinary Iraqis, not terrorists. Klein’s ‘contemporary capitalism’ is simply another term for neoliberalism. Her point is that the supercharged profits
than the ubiquitous Dick Cheney.25 Clinton claimed that Saddam Hussein skimmed millions off the Oil for Food programme for his palaces while his people starved, but even if every penny went to the Iraqi people it still was only $170 per person annually, or 50 cents a day.26 Corruption on a large scale certainly did occur, as evidenced by the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) scandal. The Australian government’s 2006 Cole Inquiry found that AWB had paid over $A290 million in direct bribes to Saddam
01 text 125 02/04/2012 08:25 126 Making the World Safe for Capitalism It also stated that ‘no rival superpower [be] allowed to emerge in Western Europe, Asia, or the territory of the former Soviet Union’.5 When leaked in its final form, however, the proposal drew so much criticism that it was withdrawn and repudiated by President Bush Sr. Dick Cheney, Bush Jr’s vice-president, was defence secretary in 1992. The document was written by Paul Wolfowitz, who at that time was defence
elimination of local price support systems, opening all sectors to foreign investment, the elimination of rules requiring that foreign companies partner with local companies, and the like.11 Doran T02525 01 text 181 02/04/2012 08:25 182 Making the World Safe for Capitalism The final stage of the US-MEFTA process is the signing of individual free trade agreements. These FTAs are designed as ‘WTO plus’. They go beyond the WTO trade requirements in environmental and financial services,
a catch though: Israel. QIZs are an agreement between the US, Israel and another country, in this case Jordan. To qualify for duty-free entry to the US, at least 8 per cent of products emanating from the QIZ had to have an Israeli component.1 The QIZ is essentially a massive bribe to force an Arab country to do business with and give direct financial support to Israel. While the labour provisions seemed to be a substantial step forward in addressing criticisms about how free trade agreements