The radical motives for the american invasion of iraq: Political ideology, economic reality, and cultural philosophy

Khaled Taktek, Robert St-John, Houchang Hassan-Yari

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Abstract

This chapter deals with three separate but interrelated factors that propelled the American-led invasion of Iraq, namely political ideology, economic reality and cultural philosophy. It is suggested that all three of these be combined to provide justification for the invasion. Various dilemmas and related issues which complicate the “democratization” of Iraq are discussed. The Iraqi population, governmental institutions, and the characteristics of the Iraqi culture all pose potential barriers to the establishment of a western-style democracy in Iraq. The communication patterns of America and the allies in the Iraq war are analyzed in terms of Berne’s (1961, 1990) Transactional Analysis theory. Overall, the interaction prototypes leading up to the Iraq war were typical of a “Critical Parent” ego state which interfered with an “Adult” ego state style of communication model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactional Analysis as a Communication Framework and Dynamic Strategy for Peace Education
Subtitle of host publicationPractices, Trends and Challenges for International Geopolitical Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages61-82
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781634840958
ISBN (Print)9781634840941
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Democracy/democratization
  • Global hegemony
  • Imperialism
  • Invasion of iraq
  • Preventive war
  • Weapons of mass destruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Taktek, K., St-John, R., & Hassan-Yari, H. (2016). The radical motives for the american invasion of iraq: Political ideology, economic reality, and cultural philosophy. In Transactional Analysis as a Communication Framework and Dynamic Strategy for Peace Education: Practices, Trends and Challenges for International Geopolitical Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (pp. 61-82). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..