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Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

Who benefits from the War on Terror?

September 10, 2012

Johnny Barber writes from Kabul: On September 11th, 2001, George W. Bush announced, “We are at war. Somebody is going to pay.” Eleven years later, we are still paying. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, tens of thousands, millions have paid in full. Children and even those yet to be born in […]

Myths of War and Combat

July 19, 2012

[America] conditions the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. […]

Why Americans join the military

July 17, 2012

The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff views military recruitment through a distorted lens that glosses over such socio-economic discrepancies and the failure of the American education. He remarked that this generation is “wired to serve, and we just have to figure out how to give them the paths to serve.” He affirms […]

Iraqi increase in birth defects greater than Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors

April 16, 2012

At Fallujah hospital in Iraq they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects – there are just too many. Parents don’t want to talk. “Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone,” says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. “It’s all too shameful for them.” “We recorded 672 cases in January […]

The human cost of war

April 13, 2012

Over 6,400 uniformed American service-members and 2,330 mercenaries have died in the Global War on Terror since 2001. 47,740 American men and women have been wounded in action since the War on Terror began. A casualty traditionally refers to anyone wounded or killed in combat, but this term doesn’t articulate the variety of war’s victims. […]

Symmetry of slaughter

April 1, 2012

After Mohamed Merah died in a hail of French police bullets, people who had known him talked about “a polite and courteous boy” who liked “cars, bikes, sports and girls.” His friends had trouble believing that he had murdered seven people, including three children, in a ten-day killing spree in the city of Toulouse, and […]

Droning on about American Drones

March 26, 2012

A commentary on Medea Benjamin’s new book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control: Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) via drones (“unmanned aerial vehicles”) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture. As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days […]

America the beautiful is an illusion

March 19, 2012

In all theaters of war, slaughter, sadism, and other atrocities are institutionalized. Rape becomes a weapon of war. On June 19, 2008, the Security Council agreed, adopting Resolution 1820. It demanded an “immediate and complete halt to acts of sexual violence against civilians in conflict zones.” It said: “Women and girls are particularly targeted by […]

American Military Atrocities and War in General

March 16, 2012

I remember being a young Marine recruit. We unlearned civilization. How to clap a hand over a sentry’s mouth while inserting your Kbar in his kidney; agony, shock and instant blood loss prevent a struggle. We ran in formation shouting “Kill! Kill! Kill!” We learned flame throwers, how to burn the enemy alive. We learned […]

US Marine who massacred 24 women and children gets 3 months

March 14, 2012

A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the […]