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The Road to IraqThe Making of a Neoconservative War$
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693023

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693023.001.0001

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Black Gold and Red Herrings

Black Gold and Red Herrings

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(p.18) 1 Black Gold and Red Herrings
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The Road to Iraq
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693023.003.0002

This chapter looks at the various explanations that have been offered over the years for the Iraq war. It argues that common explanations like oil, free markets, military-industrial complex, and geopolitical rivalry are inadequate explanations for the war. The war did not have a single cause; but not all of its causes are equally significant.

Keywords:   Oil, Free Markets, Militarism, Military-industrial Complex, Geopolitics, Iraq War

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