Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Editorial: The occupation, like the war, continues


It is easy to forget that it was the Obama administration that planned and carried out the first phases of the Mosul operation (begun in October 2016) which produced hundreds of thousands of casualties (with at least 40,000 dead), left a city of two million in Dresden-like state of rubble, and drove nearly a million civilians into exile. The same fate, on smaller scale, was brought to other Sunni-majority cities in Iraq, including Ramadi, Tikrit, and Fallujah (already destroyed by U.S. forces in 2004). Whatever the official goal, and however many secondary collaborators were involved, these were monstrous war crimes by any reckoning.

At what point do people stop kidding themselves that the Iraq War -- the ongoing Iraq War -- is about helping the Iraqi people?

This isn't liberation.

It's not about freeing anyone.

It's death and destruction and it has been allowed to continue for 15 years.  People lie and act like Iraq is being helped when it's not being helped.  The US government continues to occupy it and our 'leading' lefties and 'lefties' can't call that out.  Call it out?  Hell, they can't even acknowledge it.  Time and again, the US government imposes a weak coward as the leader of Iraq and everyone looks the other way.

Wars happen because people are silent.  Wars happen because people lie and bury lies.  Wars happen not just due to governments but also due to those who lie and distract.

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