xxvii, 3-325 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
In February 1991, as the U.S. was staging 3,000 bombing sorties a day, Ramsey Clark journeyed across war-ravaged Iraq to document firsthand the results of U.S. war crimes. The Fire this Time: U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf exposes the savage underbelly of the Gulf War and George Bush's "New World Order." On January 17, 1991, President Bush launched an overwhelming military assault on a country that up until a few months before had been treated as an ally. While Pentagon censors, abetted by a public relations firm hired specifically for that purpose, distorted and sanitized the media's war coverage back home, U.S. forces pushed ahead with brutal strikes against an overmatched adversary. The object was not just to win, but to annihilate the enemy, all for American economic gain. The Fire this Time reveals how foreign policy planners spent years spreading inflammatory misinformation to prepare the American public for war and draw Iraq into the conflict. After Ramsey Clark returned from his fact-finding mission in Iraq, he founded the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal to gather testimony from survivors and eyewitnesses from around the world. These moving accounts of the destruction of human life and the environment by an overzealous American military are the basis for charges of 19 violations of International Law. In The Fire this Time, Ramsey Clark brings this evidence together to form a scathing indictment of U.S. activities in the Persian Gulf.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Chronology of the Gulf War and Its Aftermath Ch. 1. Planning U.S. Dominion over the Gulf Ch. 2. The "Turkey Shoot" and Consolidation of Control Ch. 3. War Crimes Against Civilians Ch. 4. Washington's Continuing Effort to Control the Middle East Ch. 5. The War Against the Environment Ch. 6. The War and Human Rights Ch. 7. The Role of the American Media in the Gulf Crisis Ch. 8. Trashing the UN Charter and the U.S. Constitution Ch. 9. Crimes Against Peace, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity Ch. 10. The Quest for Peace and Accountability Ch. 11. The Fire This Time Ch. 12. A Vision of Peace App. I. Letter to President Bush - February 12, 1991 App. II. Letter to Committee on Foreign Relations App. III. Complaint Charging President Bush with War Crimes App. IV. List of Commission of Inquiry Hearings and Meetings App. V. Final Judgment of International War Crimes Tribunal App. VI. Judges of the International War Crimes Tribunal. App. VII. Letter to President Bush - February 1992 App. VIII. Letter to UN Secretary General Ghali - March 1992 App. IX. Letter to the Media App. X. Letter to UN Security Council - March 1992 App. XI. Selections on International Law.