Forwarded from Monthly Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Mar 6 09:32:30 MST 2003

Monthly Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of Behind
the Invasion of Iraq by the Research Unit for Political Economy. This
book offers an incisive account of the current US strategic agenda for
Iraq and its implications for the rest of the world.

*Behind the Invasion of Iraq . . . synthesizes the seemingly disparate
threads of the US war drive in a blistering indictment of American
foreign policy . . . The effect is of puzzle pieces clicking into place.*


Behind the Invasion of Iraq strips away the illusions of imperialist
power. It shows the invasion of Iraq is a desperate gamble by a section
of the U.S. ruling elite to preserve their power, driven by the wish to
stave off economic crisis by military means.

Since September 11, 2001, there have been many accounts of the ways in
which the alignment of global power is changing or will be changed by
the U.S. "war on terrorism." Most of them take as their starting point
the options facing the wealthy and powerful nations of the world seeking
to control an ever larger share of the world's resources. Behind the
Invasion of Iraq is written from a different perspective, and one that
makes possible a far more comprehensive point of view.

The authors, the Research Unit for Political Economy (RUPE), based in
Mumbai, India, are rooted in the politics of a Third World country which
has long been on the receiving end of imperialist power. As a
consequence, they have a more sober view of the workings of global
power. In clear and accessible prose, weighing the evidence carefully
and tracing events to their root causes, they move beyond moral outrage
to a clear view of the process being set in motion by the U.S. led
invasion of Iraq.

Behind the Invasion of Iraq exposes the idea that war will bring
democracy to the Middle East as so much propaganda. In a context where
so many rulers are themselves clients of the United States, the war is
aimed not at the rulers but at the masses of ordinary people whose
hostility to imperialism has not been broken even by corrupt and
autocratic rulers. This book describes the remaking of global power with
a truly global awareness of what is at stake.

For additional information, or to order this title, please visit: or call 1-800-670-9499.

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Renee Pendergrass
Monthly Review Press
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