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In order to render the strange logic of dreams, Freud quoted the
old joke about the borrowed kettle: (1) I never borrowed a kettle
from you, (2) I returned it to you unbroken, (3) the kettle was
already broken when I got it from you. Such an enumeration of
inconsistent arguments, of course, confirms exactly what it
attempts to deny-that I returned a broken kettle to you ...
That same inconsistency, iek argues, characterized the
justification of the attack on Iraq: A link between Saddam's regime
and al-Qaeda was transformed into the threat posed by the regime to
the region, which was then further transformed into the threat
posed to everyone (but the US and Britain especially) by weapons of
mass destruction. When no significant weapons were found, we were
treated to the same bizarre logic: OK, the two labs we found don't
really prove anything, but even if there are no WMD in Iraq, there
are other good reasons to topple a tyrant like Saddam ...
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle analyzes the background that such
inconsistent argumentation conceals and, simultaneously, cannot
help but highlight: what were the actual ideological and political
stakes of the attack on Iraq? In classic iekian style, it spares
nothing and nobody, neither pathetically impotent pacifism nor
hypocritical sympathy with the suffering of the Iraqi people.
Praise for Welcome to the Desert of the
'iek is a stimulating writer; with a knack for turning scenes
from movies into little parables, and he is adept at spotting other
people's nonsense.' New Yorker
'iek's book is perhaps particularly helpful in understanding the
'we wished for it,' from his reading of the terrifying
predictability of the American response.'