Ignorant Armies

Ignorant Armies

Sliding Into War in Iraq

Book - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
Baffled by how Bush’s war on al-Qaeda segued into war on Iraq? Canada’s leading expert on war unravels the tangled chain of events

The terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, have unleashed an avalanche of events that is sliding inexorably towards war between the U.S.A. (and possibly its allies) and Iraq. These events are clearly connected yet so hugely different in character and motive that even those who follow the news closely are bewildered by how the war on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan segued into war in the Middle East. In Ignorant Armies, Gwynne Dyer, a peerless commentator on the causes and consequences of war, explains the strategies of the major players: American, Iraqi, Israeli, and Islamist. Alarmingly, he demonstrates that despite the growing bellicosity from the White House, neither the U.S.A. nor the other protagonists in this drama have a strategy that serves their own long-term interests. Worse, they are unlikely to achieve even their short-term goals. But, Dyer argues convincingly, they are likely to smash a good deal of crockery on their way to finding that out.

Publisher: Toronto : M&S, c2003
ISBN: 9780771029776
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 27, 2014

Gwynne does it again. A writer who's knowledge of the political background of the subject adds a dimension often understated in similar works. In addition to the description of the irrationality of war one is offered an historical perspective that gives and understanding of the geopolitical process that you rarely find in other authors. Well worth the read.

Oct 20, 2010

This is a mind-blowing book. More people need to read this. Especially those who think our world is fine and dandy and justice is being served.

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