Disarming Iraq: Monitoring Power and Resistance

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5

Monitoring Tactics

As stated previously, the Security Council sought to remove the issue of disarmament from the diplomatic level of interaction and to reduce it to a technical and bureaucratic matter of implementation at the local level. This chapter focuses on the tactics evident at this lower level of politics that characterized the power relationship in order to make two related points.

First, analysis of the tactics employed by both sides demonstrates that this relationship is dominated by monitoring power. According to the frequently repeated patterns of behavior evident in this case, the principal actors paid careful attention to and appreciated the importance of knowledge and visibility. In the UN, the implementers of disarmament sought to integrate tactics of confession, supervision, surveillance and inspection into a bureaucratic and technical operation that might rationally and efficiently achieve the objectives established by the Security Council. Thus the Iraqi government encountered the vigorous application of monitoring tactics. In order to resist implementation and the power relations it entails, the government developed its own set of tactics meant to counter the UN's efforts to make visible and known. Thus, although some of the Iraqi tactics were similar to those employed by the UN, most were different because of their defensive character; they sought to negate the power of the UN's monitoring tactics. Nonetheless they were monitoring tactics as well in their focus on the links of visibility and knowledge to power.

Second, this chapter demonstrates that Iraqi resistance was derivative of the tactics used against it. Its choices significantly constrained in the context of inequality and conflict, the Iraqi government resisted this imposed power relationship by adopting different forms of the set of tactics employed by the UN. This lends support to the view that the powerful dictate the mode of power relations (i.e., tactics) and those choosing resistance must develop effective countermeasures within that given mode.

The following discussion of implementation and monitoring tactics is divided

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Analyzing Power Relations 9
  • 3 - Iraq's Military Development 31
  • 4 - The Security Council and Iraq: Structuring Power Relations 47
  • 5 - Monitoring Tactics 77
  • 6 - Tactical Interaction and Dynamics 103
  • 7 - The End and New Beginnings 129
  • Bibliography 141
  • Index 147
  • About the Author 152
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