Category: Iraq

We are alive but not living

Iraq: ‘You didn’t fall… we pushed you’

By Alia Brahimi, 21 Mar 2013 11:06


“Are you here to work or… work?” a Basra airport security guard asked sympathetically.  I was standing on a small wooden platform behind a flimsy curtain, as she waved her hand-held metal detector across my body.

She had guessed my North African origins from my features and my accent, and was, I suppose, trying to make sense of the fact that I had arrived … [more]

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And it did not matter

Iraq and the reinvention of reality

By Sarah Kendzior, 24 Mar 2013 10:35


The worst thing about the Iraq war was not that people got away with lying. It was that they did not – and it did not matter.

The 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq was a week of media culpa. Every day a new journalist or pundit came forward to atone for supporting a war predicated on disinformation. “I was excitable and over-reacted,” … [more]

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Three flickers of light

What America Learned in Iraq

By John A. Nagl, March 19, 2013


The costs of the second Iraq war, which began 10 years ago this week, are staggering: nearly 4,500 Americans killed and more than 30,000 wounded, many grievously; tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis wounded or killed; more than $2 trillion in direct government expenditures; and the significant weakening of the major regional counterweight to Iran and consequent strengthening of that country’s position and ambitions. Great powers … [more]

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The Crucifixion of Tomas Young

By Chris Hedges, Mar 10, 2013


I flew to Kansas City last week to see Tomas Young. Young was paralyzed in Iraq in 2004. He is now receiving hospice care at his home. I knew him by reputation and the movie documentary “Body of War.” He was one of the first veterans to publicly oppose the war in Iraq. He fought as long and as hard as he could against the war that … [more]

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The truth is, nothing much has changed

The Iraq War Was My Fault

By Wes Magruder, March 23, 2013


I remember what it felt like ten years ago this week.

The dread had been building for months. The sabers had been rattling for some time.

Though there were certainly plenty of folks who were ready to “finish off the job” that had begun over ten years before, it seemed as if the great masses of Americans opposed military intervention in Iraq.

I myself had participated … [more]

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The parallels to Hitler’s Germany are abundantly clear

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Iraq crisis

By Al Staggs,
The Baptist Standard, March 3, 2003


Note:  The following commentary was first published in the weekly newsjournal of Texas Baptists on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by US forces and smaller contingents from the UK, Australia, and Poland.

I’ve been involved for the past 20 years with the life of the German pastor, theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My introduction to the life and writings of … [more]

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Trolling for fools

With Trembling Finger

By Hal Crowther, circa November 2004


I used to take a drink on occasion with a network newsman famed for his impenetrable calm — his apparent pulse rate that of a large mammal in deep hibernation — and in an avuncular moment he advised me that I’d do all right, in the long run, if I could only avoid the kind of journalism committed to the keyboard “with trembling fingers.” I recognized the wisdom of this … [more]

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