The Power Struggle in Iraq

The Power Struggle in Iraq

The Power Struggle in Iraq

The Power Struggle in Iraq

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This little book is an analytical essay which attempts to interpret, in the light of internal forces as well as external influences, the development of events in Iraq in the twenty-one months since the July 14, 1958 revolution. It is not meant to supply background material to assist the general reader to an understanding of current history. Nor is it intended to be a sophisticated discussion for those who specialize in Iraqi affairs in particular, or in Middle Eastern affairs in general. Within the framework of rapidly moving world events, the role of the Middle East in the international tension, and the headline slogan-formula type of journalistic reportage, an effort has been made to penetrate below the surface by listening closely to the actors in the drama of the Iraqi revolution and to their antagonists, and to present a more comprehensive and realistic picture of the evolutionary and revolutionary transformation in the Middle East.

The author is aware that the situation is still in flux, that historical happenings are still too recent to permit the necessary perspective for appraising them properly. He believes, however, that what clearly emerges from the following pages is the fact that the Arab Middle East has value patterns, standards of conduct, methods of national relationships and social assessments of its own, and that Western standards and patterns should not be applied in evaluating what happened in Iraq and its repercussions on the other countries in the region. Perhaps the time has come to discard once and for all the worn nomenclature of communism, democracy, nationalism, socialism, and so on, in appreciating the political, economic and social changes in the Middle East, and to dispense with the practice of trying to fit the peoples of the region into the picture of the East-West struggle.

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