This book shows how the US government is involved in a political quagmire in Iraq that threatens to evolve into a long and bloody conflict. As the number of US casualties rise every day, the idea that the war is won has begun to fade. The longer the chaos continues, the more the conflict threatens to engulf other regions already bitterly opposed to American intervention.
Rigourously dissecting official propaganda and media misrepresentation, Regime Unchanged documents the real aftermath of the war. Milan Rai presents damning evidence that Ba'athists were deliberately restored to power. In the confusion of the first month of Iraq's 'liberation', the US and Britain pursued a path very similar to that taken in liberated territories after WWII: demobilisation of resistance movements, and the restoration of collaborators and fascists. Regime Unchanged demonstrates that this was not a war for disarmament, or for 'regime change', but a war for power.
Rai also shows how the power of the global antiwar movement came very close to stopping the war against Iraq: he reveals exclusive evidence that the British Government was forced to frantically draw up contingency plans to withdraw from the US invasion force only days before the war was due to begin - because of the power of world wide protest.
Milan Rai founded the British branch of Voices in the Wilderness and co-founded the anti-war group ARROW, a London-based direct action and anti-war information group. He is author of numerous books, including 7/7: The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War (Pluto Press, 2006) and Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing (Pluto Press, 2003).
Acknowledgements Map Echoing Voices Introduction: Tony Blair Wobbled-We Nearly Derailed The War 1. Argument Over-The War Was Wrong 2. `Regime Change'-A Prior Commitment 3. First Strike-The February 2001 Bombing Of Baghdad 4. Sickly Inhibitions-The Political Significance Of 11 September 5. George Bush Lied-Misconnecting Iraq, WMD And Terrorism 6. The First Ultimatum-The Five Demands 7. Disaster Strikes-Iraq Accepts The Weapons Inspectors 8. The Minefield-Resolution 1441: Designed To Be Refused 9. No Smoke, No Gun-No Evidence Discovered 10. Colin Powell Lied-Turning On The Inspectors 11. Inspection Was An Option-Qualitative Disarmament 12. Blitzing Dr Blix-UNMOVIC Resists 13. The Censored Document-Destroying The Inspectors 14. Authority And Power-US-UK Versus The UN 15. Regime Reloaded-Re-Nazifying Iraq 16. Hitler Won-False De-Nazification 17. Coup d'Etat-The US Wanted A Coup 18. Why `Regime Stabilization'?-Turkey and Saudi Arabia Need Saddamism 19. Crushing the Resistance-After WWII: Betraying The Anti-Fascists 20. Regime Revolutions-De-Ba`athification? 21. Shia Power-A Looming Confrontation With The People Of Iraq 22. Sunni Rage-After Falluja 23. Capitalism's War 24. Regime Unchanged Postscript-What Would You Have Done? Notes Contributor Notes Index