Slavoj Žižek: Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle (2173 words)


One of Žižek’s sharpest and most pertinent interventions is Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle (2004). In this book (abbreviated Iraq below) the author further develops arguments from Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2002) concerning the so-called “war on terror”. Žižek begins the book by quoting Herman Goering, speaking at the Nuremberg trials in 1946: “Of course the people don’t want war [...] But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along” (Iraq, p. 1).

The text goes on to show that the truth of the justifications for the war in Iraq is revealed in the very inconsistency between them. For Žižek (as for …

Citation: Wood, Kelsey. "Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2013 [, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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