New Book Asks Did President George W. Bush’s Decisions Promote Islamophobia and Lead to War Crimes?

Oct 19, 2010, 06:07 ET from Scott A. Bonn

MASS DECEPTION: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq by Scott A. Bonn

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the release of G.W. Bush's memoirs "Decision Points," now is the time to discuss the former president's decisions that led to the Iraq war.  Dr. Bonn's factual account, MASS DECEPTION, verifies that Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein, had no links to the 9/11 attacks, and Iraq did not possess the weapons of mass destruction claimed by President Bush prior to the invasion.  Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much public acceptance during its primary stages?

MASS DECEPTION investigates the G.W. Bush administration for its use of propaganda to demonize Arabs/Muslims after 9/11 and for its creation of a moral panic in the U.S. that manufactured public support for the Iraq war.  This timely new book offers a compelling examination of the George W. Bush administration, the events leading up to the war, and the war's ongoing human and financial costs.  

Dr. Bonn presents a case for how the Bush administration orchestrated a public panic after 9/11 with the passive assistance of the U.S. news media that led to war.  MASS DECEPTION introduces a unique theory called "critical communication" to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties.

Dr. Bonn critiques the war and occupation of Iraq as violations of domestic and international law. He also examines the Bush administration's actual motivations for invading Iraq which he argues had nothing to do with national security.  MASS DECEPTION connects propaganda and distortion efforts by the Bush administration to general theories of elite deviance and state crime.

We request that you utilize Dr. Bonn's expertise and his insights into the Bush administration, Iraq, propaganda and war crime.  Please contact Nina Boski at (310) 567-5433 or with questions or to arrange an interview with Dr. Bonn.  His expert knowledge makes him a great resource.

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About the Author

Scott A. Bonn is an assistant professor of sociology at Drew University.  He is a frequent public speaker, media expert and critic.


Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq

Scott A. Bonn

Paper $24.95 | ISBN 978-0-8135-4789-3

Rutgers University Press

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