Iraq and the War of Sanctions: Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Contents
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxxv
1. INTRODUCTION 1
The UN Resolutions That Shaped the War of Sanctions 2
Iraq’s Struggle Against the UN 4
Iraqi Threats to the Gulf and the World’s Supply of Oil 8
2. IRAQ’S STRATEGIC CULTURE 10
The Impact of History 11
3. THE HIGH COMMAND OF THE IRAQI ARMED FORCES 20
The Threat to the State from the High Command 21
The Threat to the Regime from the Armed Forces 22
The Impact of the Iran-Iraq War 23
The Gulf War and Its Aftermath 24
Coup, Counter-Coup, and Rumor from 1991 Onward 25
The Iraqi National Accord 27
The Continuing Threat to the Regime from the Iraqi Military 29
Prospects for a Coup and ‘‘One-Bullet Election’’ 30
4. TRENDS IN IRAQ’S TOTAL FORCE STRENGTH, MILITARY EXPENDITURES, ARMS IMPORTS, AND MILITARY INDUSTRIES 32
Militarization and the Cost to the Iraqi People 32
Iraq’s Military Manpower Pool 33

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