23 October 2012Clarity Press

Can the world permit this criminal mass punishment to be inflicted again?


GENOCIDE IN IRAQ The Case Against the UN Security Council and Member States by Abdul-Haq al-Ani and Tarik al-Ani


preface by Prof. Joshua Castellino AVAILABLE IN THE USA AND OVERSEAS Price: $29.95 ISBN: 978-0-9853353-0-4 || 2012|| 259 pages


Clarity Press is pleased to announce the publication of GENOCIDE IN IRAQ: The Case Against the UN Security Council and Member States by Abdul-Haq al-Ani and Tarik al-Ani, a brilliant, detailed and comprehensive analysis of the illegality of the sanctions regime imposed on Iraq by the UN Security Council, leading to the deaths of over 500,000 children.


Imposing sanctions on Iraq was one of the most heinous of crimes committed in the 20th century. Yet it has received little attention in the Anglo-American world. Despite the calamitous destruction resulting from the sanctions, no serious attempts by legal professionals, academics or philosophers have even undertaken to address the full scope of the immorality and illegality of such a criminal and unprecedented mass punishment.


Genocide in Iraq offers a comprehensive coverage of Iraq’s politics, its building, its destruction through aggression and sanctions, and an analysis of the legality of these sanctions from the point of view of international laws and human rights laws.It presents a detailed policy analysis indicating how, under Ba’ath rule, Iraq had risen to become—be fore 12 years of total sanctions were globally enforced—the most progressive and developed Arab nation in the Middle East. It then contrasts that rising nation to the devastated remains left in the aftermath of sanctions, which nonetheless was yet to endure, in 2003, the full force of the American “shock and awe” invasion.


The book explains why, in modern times, imperialist powers felt it was necessary toocccupy Baghdad. It also puts forward the uniqueness of Iraq as at the heart of both Sunni and Shi’a theology, arguing it was this very centrality of Iraq, which far outweighs the significance of Arabia in socio-economic, religious and geostrategic dimensions, that at the same time makes Iraq a target.


It details the building of Iraq by the Ba’ath regime, part of which was done with remarkable speed, putting to rest the argument that other countries in the area were developed at a similar pace. It also details the devastation of Iraq by 2003 after 12years of sanctions—a devastation so dreadful that by the UN’s own accounting,some 500,000 child deaths were due to it; a devastation so pervasive and overwhelming that two of the UN’s own key administrators of the sanctions program, Dennis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, resigned in protest.


No other book published in English has made such an in-depth research and comparison of the two eras. Although previous books may have touched on the breach of international law through sanctions, this book, while making similar arguments on the breach of international humanitarian law and human rights law,goes further and argues that the Security Council itself, member states and the individual relevant members of the governments of that period are guilty of these crimes. More significantly, the book argues for the first time that imposing total sanctions is the equivalent of committing genocide. It challenges the argument by some Anglo-Americans that there is any need to establish specific intent to establish the crime of Genocide. In its section dealing with the Sanction Committee,it demonstrates how one man at any time could hold the whole of Iraq to ransom by denying the export of items so vital to the basic survival needs of millions.


The little that has been written has concentrated on a single aspect of the effects or consequences of the sanctions; mostly in articles in dedicated journals whose readership is limited. But as the crime of genocide is one on which there is no statute of limitations, it is hoped that this book will serve not only as an indictment of and barrier to future global imposition of sanctions, but also as a tool in bringing the actual perpetrators of this crime to a Nuremberg-style day of judgment..Abdul-Haq al-Ani is an Iraqi-born, British-trained barrister who served as a legal adviser on Saddam Hussein’s defense to his daughter, Raghad Saddam Hussein.Called to the Bar in 1996, he holds a PhD in Electronics Engineering and a PhD in International law. Founding editor of The Arab Review, he has written widely on culture, politics and religion. He joined the Ba’ath party while in his his teens, but left it in disappointment a few years later,prior to the Ba’ath Party assuming power in 1968. He is author of The Trial of Saddam Hussein.


Tarik Al-Ani is an architect by profession, a translator, and a researcher of Arab/Islamic issues, who has been a strong opponent of the genocidal sanctions and the wars against Iraq.He has publicly written and talked about these issues in Finland where he works and lives.


Joshua Castellano is Professor of Law and Head of the Law Department,Middlesex University, UK.


REVIEWS of earlier book The Trial of Saddam Hussein by Dr. Abdul Haq al-Ani


“For those who like to know both sides of any story, Abdul Haq al-Ani’s book is a worthwhile if heavy-going read….The author shows, in great detail, and with convincing supporting evidence, that while the Tribunal was intended to promote the image of a triumphant Iraq democracy, the Americans were actually in control of all stages of Saddam’s trial…For Bush, Blair and those who let loose war, Abdul Haq al-Ani’s book is uncomfortable reading.”
Tam Dalyell, former Senior Member of Parliament, Labour Party, United Kingdom in The Oldie, January, 2009.


“fascinating reading. One need not agree with, or even follow, each and every one of his assertions to find his book a penetrating analysis of Iraq’s place in the world and of the Saddam Hussein trial in particular.”
John Quigley, Professor of international law and human rights law, Ohio State University in Synthesis/Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social Thought, Winter 2009.


“[F]or the real story of the ‘criminal behavior of the United States, its foreign lobbyists and its partisans in this historic trial’, knowledgeable readers will always turn to Al-Ani’s immensely sobering exposé.”
David MacGregor, Professor of Sociology, King’s University College, University of Western Ontario, in Lobster 56.


“even though the book profoundly, cogently, and ? on its face ?irrefutably exposes the injustice of the trial of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants, it exposes much, much more… The Trial of Saddam Hussein is densely packed with legal arguments (though eminently readable and comprehensible) and fastidious conclusions, and a simple book review cannot do justice… “
Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice, December 17, 2008.

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Posted 23rd October 2012 by InI in category "Books", "Iraq", "United Nations

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