Tempting Illusions, Scary Realities, or the Emperor’s New Clothes II

Anders Jerichow

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
Tempting Illusions, Scary Realities, or the Emperor’s New Clothes II

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Tempting illusions and scary realities dominate the whole Iraq affair. No outside powers have accepted any responsibility for the continued regime of Saddam Hussein for twenty-three gruesome years. In 2002–2003, the UN Security Council was deeply split on the interpretation of intelligence collected in Iraq. Opponents happened to be right that Saddam Hussein had disposed of his weapons of mass destruction, but they were awkwardly wrong in their perception of a willingness of Saddam Hussein to cooperate. The Iraqi people have paid a heavy price, not only for twenty-three years of brutal dictatorship but also for shifting and capricious international policies. The Iraqis have become victims of a perceived conflict of aims between the United States and Europe. Saddam Hussein eventually was much weaker than perceived but dressed in impressive clothes of aggression, locally and internationally. Only in the end, he was naked.

Keywords: Iraq; Saddam Hussein; Un Security Council; United States; Europe; international policies

Chapter.  4133 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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