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978-1-84467-001-7 / 1844670015

Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle

by Zizek, Slavoj

Publisher:Verso

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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About the book:

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 denythat I returned a broken kettle to you ...

That same inconsistency, Žižek argues, characterized the justification of the attack on Iraq: A link between Saddams 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 dont 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 Žižekian 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 Real:

Žižek is a stimulating writer; with a knack for turning scenes from movies into little parables, and he is adept at spotting other peoples nonsense. New Yorker

Žižeks book is perhaps particularly helpful in understanding the we wished for it, from his reading of the terrifying predictability of the American response. parallax

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