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Crisis in the Arabian Gulf: An Independent Iraqi View
Crisis in the Arabian Gulf: An Independent Iraqi View
By Omar Ali
Praeger, 1993, 168 pp.

This is a curious, rambling view of the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91 written by an anti-Saddam Iraqi. While critical of Saddam and strong in his call for democracy in Iraq, the author also gives credence to what he repeatedly refers to as the "conspiracy theory" of how Iraq was lured into the war by wily Kuwaitis and Americans. He never quite says he believes the theory, but he spells it out in such detail that one is left with the impression that he does. This book conveys a point of view frequently found in the Middle East, but it does little to improve the understanding of what really happened and what should now be done.