Brighter Than the Baghdad Sun; Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Threat to the United States
Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2000. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. x, 341,  pages. Map. Index. Inscribed by the author (Bathia) on the half-title page. Inscription reads For Randy with best wishes Shyam Bhatia April 2006. Some ink comments and underlining and marks noted. The authors were journalists who interviewed Iraqi defectors speaking at the risk of their lives. The authors present evidence that Saddam Hussein will not rest until Iraq becomes a nuclear threat to the West--a threat, they argue, that has been aided by the Clinton Administration's dismantling of United Nations weapons inspections. This work, which pre-dates the U.S. invasion of Iraq, provides one of the clearest presentations of assumptions and arguments that were the underpinnings of the policy of regime change and concern about weapons of mass destruction programs. Shyam Bhatia (born 1950) is an Indian-born British journalist, writer and war reporter based in London. He has reported from conflict zones such as the Middle East, Afghanistan and Sudan, and is a former diplomatic editor of The Observer. He has also served as US correspondent and Foreign Editor of the Bangalore-based Deccan Herald and Editor of Asian Affairs magazine in London. Bhatia was educated at The Doon School in India and Leighton Park School in England before going to the University of Oxford. He is a columnist for the Indian Express. He has published several books based on his war reporting, and a political biography of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. In 1993, he won the Foreign Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the suffering of the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq. Brighter Than the Baghdad Sun tells the story of how Saddam Hussein ordered his scientists to develop a nuclear bomb that would make him the most powerful Arab ruler of modern times and force the West to think twice about going to war against him. A handpicked team of Iraq's best scientists assembled the bomb at secret locations that Western intelligence agencies did not even know existed. Saddam's family were the only ones he trusted to run a worldwide network of covert businesses to buy the components of the bomb. They in turn embezzled millions and plotted against each other in a series of blood feuds. When they crossed him, Saddam had them murdered. He betrayed his wife with his many affairs and arrested his own children. The authors reveal that, even now, Saddam remains a nuclear threat. United Nations inspectors failed to discover all his secrets and he still has the scientists, the blueprints and the hidden components. If he succeeds, the world will never be the same again. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, Mass Destruction, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Persian Gulf War, Bill Clinton, United Nations, IAEA, Jaffar Dhia Jaffar, Hussein Kamil, Mossad, Osirak, Scott Ritter, Hussein Shahristani, Tuwaitha Nuclear