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Author Gordon, Joy.

Title Invisible war : the United States and the Iraq sanctions / Joy Gordon.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  327.117 GORD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 359 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-354) and index.
Contents 1. The Policy of Containment -- 2. How the Sanctions Worked -- 3. The Influence of the United States -- 4. The Problem of Holds -- 5. The Magnitude of the Catastrophe -- 6. Tensions at the United Nations -- 7. The Role of the Iraqi Government -- 8. Congress and the Sanctions -- 9. The Oil for Food Scandal -- 10. Inside the U.S. Policy -- 11. International Law and the Sanctions -- 12. The Moral and Political Questions.
Summary "The economic sanctions imposed on Iraq from 1990 to 2003 were the most comprehensive and devastating of any established in the name of international governance. The sanctions, coupled with the bombing campaign of 1991, brought about the near collapse of Iraq's infrastructure and profoundly compromised basic conditions necessary to sustain life." "In a sharp indictment of U.S. policy, Joy Gordon examines the key role the nation played in shaping the sanctions, whose harsh strictures resulted in part from U.S. definitions of "dual use" and "weapons of mass destruction," and claims that everything from water pipes to laundry detergent to child vaccines could produce weapons. Drawing on internal UN documents, confidential minutes of closed meetings, and interviews with foreign diplomats and U.S. officials, Gordon details how the United States not only prevented critical humanitarian goods from entering Iraq but also undermined attempts at reform; unilaterally overrode the UN weapons inspectors; and manipulated votes in the Security Council. In every political, legal, and bureaucratic domain, the deliberate policies of the United States ensured the continuation of Iraq's catastrophic condition. Provocative and sure to stir debate, this book lays bare the damage that can be done by unchecked power in our institutions of international governance."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject United Nations -- Iraq.
United Nations. Security Council.
Economic sanctions -- Iraq.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Iraq.
Iraq -- Foreign relations -- United States.
ISBN 9780674035713 (alk. paper)
0674035712 (alk. paper)