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Publications: books by Milan Rai

Regime Unchanged: Why The War Was Wrong
War Plan Iraq: 10 Reasons Why We Shouldn't Launch Another War Against Iraq

from Milan Rai, author of the JNV Anti-War Briefings and WAR PLAN IRAQ


This is a magnificent exposé of the lies that propelled the criminal attack on Iraq.’
John Pilger

As the controversy over the war and its aftermath deepens, this is an immediate, detailed and illuminating analysis that brings together a remarkable range of material. Milan Rai does us all a service by providing so much of the evidence that is fuelling that controversy.’
Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University

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Building on the success of his previous book WAR PLAN IRAQ, anti-war activist Milan Rai has charged up new and disturbing facts that the warmongers would rather we forgot about. 95 per cent new material, REGIME UNCHANGED is an angry battery of arguments for preventing the re-writing of history.

The first half of REGIME UNCHANGED documents step-by-step the way in which Washington undermined and finally shut down the UN weapons inspectors’ efforts to disarm Iraq peacefully, just as they were on the brink of a new and decisive phase of inspections. It sets out in full for the first time the mystery of the Most Censored Document of 2003: the UNMOVIC Draft Work Programme, launched and torpedoed on the day President Bush issued his ultimatum to Saddam Hussein.

The second half of the book presents damning evidence that leading members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba‘athist regime were deliberately restored to power in Iraq in the first month after ‘liberation’. A pattern familiar from US and UK policy in liberated territories after the Second World War (documented in REGIME UNCHANGED): denigration and demobilization of the resistance movements and restoration of collaborators and leaders of fascist regimes.

REGIME UNCHANGED demonstrates unequivocally that this was a war based on lies. This was not a war for disarmament or for ‘regime change’, but for power.

To order a copy of REGIME UNCHANGED, please print off the order form, fill it in, and send with a cheque made out to 'JNV', to:
JNV, 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0HE.

REGIME UNCHANGED: Why The War On Iraq Changed Nothing, by Milan Rai
Published by Pluto Press in the UK in September 2003, and in North America in November 2003. £10.99 ISBN 0 7453 2199 2 paperback.

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Introduction: Tony Blair Wobbled—We Nearly Derailed The War

I Argument Over—The War Was Wrong
II ‘Regime Change’A Prior Commitment
III First Strike—The February 2001 Bombing Of Baghdad
IV Sickly Inhibitions—The Political Significance Of 11 September
V George Bush Lied—Misconnecting Iraq, WMD And Terrorism
VI The First Ultimatum—The Five Demands
VII Disaster Strikes—Iraq Accepts The Weapons Inspectors
VIII The Minefield—Resolution 1441: Designed To Be Refused
IX No Smoke, No Gun—No Evidence Discovered
X Colin Powell Lied—Turning On The Inspectors
XI Inspection Was An Option—Qualitative Disarmament
XII Blitzing Dr Blix—UNMOVIC Resists
XIII The Censored Document—Destroying The Inspectors
XIV Authority And Power—US–UK Versus The UN
XV Regime Reloaded—Re-Nazifying Iraq
XVI Hitler Won—False De-Nazification
XVII Coup d’État—The US Wanted A Coup
XVIII Why ‘Regime Stabilization’?—Turkey and Saudi Arabia Need Saddamism
XIX Crushing the Resistance—After WWII: Betraying The Anti-Fascists
XX Regime Revolutions—De-Ba‘athification?
XXI Shia Power—A Looming Confrontation With The People Of Iraq
XXII Sunni Rage—After Falluja
XXIII Capitalism’s War
XXIV Regime Unchanged

Postscript—What Would You Have Done?

Updates will be available here.

10 Reasons Why We Shouldn't Launch Another War Against Iraq

by Milan Rai

As of the end of December 2002, the English-language edition of War Plan Iraq had sold 20,000 copies around the world - mostly in the USA.

War Plan Iraq is being published by Swedish publishers Ordfront, who are co-operating with a Norwegian edition published by Capelan. The Arabic edition is being published by Dar Al Kitab Al Arabi. In Brazil, Editora Bertrand Brasil is bringing out a Portuguese translation, while NHK is publishing the book in Japan. In Spain, Ediciones AKAL is producing a translation, while in Italy an edition is being brought out by Einaudi. Korea's Sanhae publishing house is also bringing out an edition of War Plan Iraq.

A review of War Plan Iraq was published on 19 January 2003 in the English-language 'The Japan Times' . To read it, please type 'Milan Rai' into the "Search Archives" box in the top right-hand corner. War Plan Iraq is also discussed in an interview-article on the British anti-war movement in the London 'Times' on 19 January 2003. This can be found here or, again, you can just search the archive at 'The Times'. A detailed US review can be found in the online journal Counterpunch.

'War Plan Iraq comes from an author on whose accuracy and research we have come to rely. The projected war is not inevitable. War Plan Iraq will help to prevent it.'
Bruce Kent, Vice President of Pax Christi

'This is the clearest and most persuasive explanation of the reasons not to go to war with Iraq that anyone could wish for. Written with great clarity and precision, WAR PLAN IRAQ exposes the extraordinary hypocrisy and double-dealing which characterises the US march to war.'
George Monbiot, author of Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain

'Most Iraqis, whether inside Iraq or in exile feel that the war on Iraq is immoral and illegal. WAR PLAN IRAQ proves that opposing the war does not mean supporting Saddam's regime. Opposing the war means supporting the Iraqi people. 'Impressive documentation, clear analysis and convincing arguments against the US-led war on the Iraqi people: Milan Rai addresses issues facing Iraqis in relation to the drive for war with rare insight into Iraqi society. Crucially, he also covers the link between the war on Iraq and the Nekba in Palestine, the fate of the Kurdish people, and relations with Turkey, Iran and the Arab world.'
Haifa Zangana, Iraqi writer in exile and member of Act Together: Women against sanctions and war on Iraq

'It is vitally important to get across to the British people that Trident is being aimed at what appears to be a non-nuclear country, and that there are nonviolent ways of dealing with Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction. WAR PLAN IRAQ is a valuable contribution to these efforts.'
Carol Naughton, Chair of CND

'This excellent book reveals the extent of the injustices perpetrated against the Iraqi people.'
Alice Mahon MP

'This book is an excellent weapon for all those opposed to Bush's war. Compulsory reading for every cenre-left politician.'
Tariq Ali

'A remarkably thorough account, and required reading for anyone concerned about the risk of war.' Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University 'A timely and important book.'
Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper

'The most practical tool for arguing against the war - the clarity is astounding.'
Mark Thomas


An invaluable resource for activists engaging in the public debate over the looming war, War Plan Iraq brings together the arguments against war on Iraq. 240 pages packed full of clear and hard-hitting information, War Plan Iraq exposes the way in which the US destroyed UNSCOM and is undermining UNMOVIC, and explodes the false claims made about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

War Plan Iraq is a tool for waging peace, written by the author of the popular ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War) anti-war briefings.

* Noam Chomsky's 'Terror and Just Response' A NEW ESSAY
* Anti-war statements by Amber Amundson and other September 11 relatives
* Ten pages of photographs from the streets of Baghdad by Kim Weston-Arnold

War Plan Iraq was initially published by ARROW itself and some copies are still left. ARROW edition within the UK: single orders are 11.80 for each copy of the book inc. p&p. Group bulk buy discount orders within the UK: 45 for five copies of the book post- free.

Verso edition: The left-wing publishing house Verso snapped up War Plan Iraq as the ARROW edition was at the printers, and you can now order the Verso edition (with only a few pages of difference) through Amazon.

If you would like the ARROW edition, please make cheques payable to 'ARROW PUBLICATIONS' and send to ARROW publications, 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0HE. Please make sure to include your name, address and e- mail and to indicate how many books you are ordering!

'You don't understand. Our policy is to get rid of Saddam, not his regime.'
Richard Haas, director for Middle East Affairs on the US National Security Council, March 1991

'The White House's biggest fear is that UN weapons inspectors will be allowed to go in.'
Top US Senate foreign policy aide, May 2002

'This is wrong. What are you Brits going to do, roll over like nice little doggies just because America says so?'
Scott Ritter, former US Marine, former UN weapons inspector, July 2002