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Bush in Babylon (Hardback)
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Bush in Babylon (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 18/09/2003
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The invasion and occupation of Iraq by the United States and Britain - with retrospective sanction of this recolonisation by the United Nations - marks a turning point in world history and a renewal of the two-hundred-year war waged by the North against the South. Whatever the final outcome of this, the assault and capture of Iraq by the American Empire and its English adjutant will shape the politics of the twenty-first century. In this provocative book, Tariq Ali argues against the view that sees imperialist occupation as the only viable solution to bring about regime-change in corrupt and dictatorial states. The American Empire, like all its predecessors, acts primarily out of self interest. It is the political, economic and strategic needs of the United States that determine its foreign policy. "Bush in Babylon" is above all a history of Iraq resistance against empires old and new. Imperial interventions in the past created a layer of collaborators who could only be removed via a revolution; but the tragedy of Iraq is also self-inflicted, as the radical colonels, courageous communists and burnt-out Ba'athists failed to establish a stable and just democratic republic, thus enabling a return visit by imperialism. Like the author's previous work, "Clash of Fundamentalisms", this work presents a cultural history and a heart-felt homage to the great poets of Iraq and the Arab world whose influence remained strong throughout their long periods of exile, and who are united in poetic resistance to the latest catastrophe.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781859845837
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 216 x 159 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The charm of stylish dissent: less Chomsky, more poetry. Empires may come and go but Tariq Ali, the rebel who has lost the streets but gained the ghettos, is here to stay, to fight on ... Buy his spirit."--"India Today"

"Caustic warnings run through "Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq" by Tariq Ali ... who criticises pro-American academic and media apologists for stressing that Bush's policies are 'the only way to stabilise the world' ... undeniably passionate."--"Financial Times"

"A precious jewel of a book."--"Il Manifesto, Rome"

"Hard facts, sharp political analysis and literary insertions that evoke the richness of Arab culture ... unlikely to soothe the middle-class nerves of our harmony-seeking 'Gutmenschen.'"--"Suddeutsche Zeitung"

"Tariq Ali ... has poured all his caustic verve and literary talent into this essay on the modern history of Iraq. Drawing on the work of great Arab historians, but also on personal testimony and the works of different Iraqi poets, he reconstitutes the principal moments of a tragic history--a pitiless dissection of the lies used by the Anglo-American leaders to legitimate their recent imperial expedition in Iraq."--"Le Monde Diplomatique"

"A strikingly erudite tour of Iraqi and Middle Eastern history and, at points, a survey of the work of secular-nationalist Arabic poets such as the Syrian Nizar Qabbani and the Iraqi exile Mudhaffar al-Nawab."--"Philadelphia City Paper"

"An often compelling insider's perspective--with some valuable insights into the sensitivities that explain why the occupying coalition in Iraq is not being treated as a savior."--"New York Times Book Review"

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