This volume of essays about the ongoing crisis concerning Iraq is written from the perspective of the thoughtful opposition . German and American scholars from diverse backgrounds all criticize, sometimes for different reasons, unilateral US military action against Iraq. The chapters are free of careless argumentation characteristic of much opposition to American foreign policy. The text addresses the moral, legal, political, or historical dimensions of the Iraq problem. It also addresses the threat Saddam Hussein represents to his region and the world as well as the prospects for alternative strategies. While this text may t be welcomed by uncritical supporters of US policy, it is a reasoned exploration of alternatives to military action in Iraq. It is designed to strengthen opposition to unilateral action in the USA and abroad. It should be of interest to students of foreign policy, military studies, and the Middle East.
Gerhard Beestermoller is deputy director of the Catholic Institute for Theology and Peace, near Hamburg. His focus of research is political ethics and peace ethics. He is the author of Krieg gegen den Irak: Ruckkehr in die Anarchie der Staatenwelt? and the editor of Politik der Versohnung. David Little is T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict and director of Initiatives in Religion and Public Life at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author, with Scott W. Hibbard, of Islamic Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy.