War in Our Time: Reflections on Iraq, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Overview
  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-Centre
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 4, 2007
    TITLE:
    War in Our Time: Reflections on Iraq, Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
    AUTHORS:
    by Ramesh Thakur
    PUB DATE:
    2007•04•08
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 13:
    978-92-808-3039-2
    COPYRIGHT:
    United Nations University
    COPYRIGHT YEAR:
    2007

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    In this policy brief, based on the book with the same title, Ramesh Thakur argues that Iraq confirms that, as with terrorism, a war of aggression is an unacceptable tactic no matter how just the cause. What was meant as an awesome demonstration of limitless American might and willpower turned out to prove the limits of American power in defeating even a small band of insurgents fighting urban warfare with their own bodies as the primary weapon-delivery system.

    The fallout with respect to Iran suggests that the United Nations cannot contemptuously be brushed aside as irrelevant and disposable in one crisis, only to be lifted out of the rubbish bin of history, dusted off and put to use in another.