The gulf war did not take place french la guerre du golfe na pas eu lieu is a collection of three short essays by jean baudrillard published in the french newspaper libration and british paper the guardian between january and march 1991 part 1 the gulf war will not take place . The third the gulf war did not take place all three collectively insist that this war was a phony war but not to be confused with the german sitzkrieg in france in 1940 in that war real soldiers simply sat around for months waiting for orders to shoot in this war there was real shooting all right. Three essays the gulf war will not take place the gulf war is not taking place the gulf war did not take place baudrillard argues that the first gulf war was a media construction not that it did not take place exactly but that it did not exist for us at all except through the media which packaged it to us falsely depicting it as a war. Comprised of three essays written by baudrillard in the lead up to during and after the military clash in the gulf in 1992 this book is a penetrating and provocative analysis of the unfolding drama using the authors well known concepts of simulation and the hyperreal paul pattons introduction surveying the debate aroused by the conflict argues that baudrillard more than any other critic . Critics of baudrillards 1991 book the gulf war did not take place often note the provocative title obviously a war took place and the title is not meant to be taken literally obviously a war took place and the title is not meant to be taken literally
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