ON THE DEFENSIVE: A protester wearing a mask modeled after former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair waved hands covered in fake blood outside a sweeping inquiry into the war in Iraq Friday in London. Mr. Blair defended his decision to join the U.S. in its offensive, arguing that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made the threat impossible to ignore.
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As US attention is directed toward Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen a civil war continues to rage in Iraq.
Via: Juan Cole
Iraq’s Civil War Grinds on, with 62 Dead, 200 Wounded in Karbala Blasts … Tuesday, a suicide bomber killed some 60 persons in the northern Sunni Arab city of Tikrit … The total of deaths from political violence in Iraq in 2010 was 5,167. This number included 4,023 civilians….
This war isn’t the focus of a national debate and is considered over by most; but not if you live in Iraq. The legacy of the Bush Doctrine “policy of preventive war" lives on and the Iraqi’s continue to suffer.
Via: Juan Cole
Nir Rosen: the Iraq and Af-Pak Wars, at the Receiving End
Via: Open Source Radio
This is a long interview that makes a good antidote to the pabulum we are fed by the mass media and US administration propagandists.
Nir Rosen (born 1977 in New York City) is an American journalist and a chronicler of the Iraq War. Rosen writes on current and international affairs.
Rosen is best known for his writings on the rise of violence in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, which form the basis of his first book, In the Belly of the Green Bird (2006). He spent more than two years in Iraq reporting on the Coalition occupation, the relationship between Americans and Iraqis, the development of postwar Iraqi religious and political movements, inter-ethnic and sectarian relations, and the Iraqi civil war.
He regularly contributes to leading periodicals, such as Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Review, and Harper’s. He contributed to the footage of Iraq in Charles Ferguson’s documentary No End In Sight and was also interviewed for the film.
“They [Israeli soldiers] are very brave people… they are idealists… they want to serve their country and they want to prove themselves. The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself. They are in a lose/lose situation. If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel… if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot.”
Martin Van Crevald — noted Israeli Military Historian
“The statesman who yields to war fever…is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”
“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”