Thursday, March 22, 2012

Support the Troops?

OMNI SUPPORT THE TROOPS NEWSLETTER #1, March 22, 2012.   Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.

Here is the link to all OMNI newsletters:   For a knowledge-based peace, justice, and ecology movement and an informed citizenry as the foundation for change.

Dick:  Support the Troops?
Shea:  Hatred and Killing,  Support These Troops?
Massacre in Afghanistan?
With Ears?
Psychopaths in the Military at War?
The Outrage?
Junger:   The Pulpit?
Ignorant Troops?
Education Against Militarism and Empire

Support the Troops?

Yes, support the troops.
But not those who pissed on dead Taliban fighters.
Yes, support the troops.
But not those who killed all in the Afghan wedding party.
Yes, support the troops.
But not those who tortured captives in Gitmo and Bahgram.
Yes, support the troops.

Definition Power (who controls the language controls the people)
The U. S. Constitution grants power to Congress to call out the militia to “suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”  The Constitution declares our right of national self-defense.    But what is the “nation”?   Now our leaders include in the US “nation” all its advance bases.       And what is “defense of the nation”?    US soil has been invaded only three times: War of 1812, Pearly Harbor 1941, and World Trade Center/Pentagon 2001.    Yet now “self-defense” is defined as “national security,” and our leaders go to war around the planet—over forty illegal invasions and interventions since 1945 and now “projecting force” through 900 military bases in over 100 countries all part of the US “nation” to be defended.. From D. C. trace your world map westward:   Homeland, Pacific, Asia, Europe, Homeland!   Attack any base anywhere and you have attacked USA.

Indoctrination Power: Support the Troops
How our leaders persuaded its populace to believe such an absurd yet massively bellicose and lethal a definition is a dark reality of US history since WWII.   The books I mention in this Newsletter significantly add to our understanding of that history.  One consequence of the new definition—the unceasing call to “support the troops”-- functions to sustain US wars for the “security” of the “nation” strung out around the globe.  The slogan “support the troops” helps to explain how the new disastrous definition has been sustained.   It also reveals why the slogan is losing its powerful grip over the public, as the public increasingly questions the “self-defense” claimed for the wars and the legitimacy of the new name in 1947 for the Department of War    The “support the troops” slogan, while it might be valid in defense of the homeland, has lost its persuasiveness in the defense of all of the advanced US bases scattered over land or sea in the several military jurisdictions into which the planet has been divided by the Department of War—the Department of Conquest and Empire.  Consider the logic of our leaders which has undernourished the public for sixty years:  The US has the right to invade and intervene in order to defend what? old conquests.   Heard that before?   Listen to the speeches and the boots of the Roman, British, and Nazi imperial rulers and troops.
Of course we want our loved ones and those of our friends and of our countrymen and women to return safe.   But as the public learns more about the illegality, immorality, and massive waste of the US wars, the more urgently do we want our loved ones home and the less we support leaders of the wars.  For several years the public majority has wanted the troops to leave Afghanistan and Iraq.   And as the excuse of “self-defense” for the wars is increasingly found untrustworthy, and as evidence of the subversion of the morality of our troops by war has become more available (we should support all the troops?), even respect for the troops, the imperial instruments of conquest, and the righteousness of the troops in their killing and being killed,.has declined.

A Desperate Defense of Empire
The constant resort to the slogan, “Support the Troops,” reveals its weakness and the desperation of the imperial rulers.   For justifying and continuing US military expansion abroad by appeal for sympathy for the agents of empire, regardless of the brutal, terroristic behavior of some, enlists diminishing conviction.   Repeated expressions of gratitude to warriors for risking their lives to preserve US “freedom” and “safety,” when their risk has little to nothing to do with US freedom or safety but much to do with command of world resources, exposes the illusion of the slogan “support the troops.” 
Ironical Effect:   Empathy
As the validity of the “defense” rationale for war has declined the public has more keenly recognized the humanity of the “enemy” troops in Afghanistan and Iraq whose families and government similarly cry out “support the troops.”     For who are the defenders, who the aggressors?   Who is defending what?  

"Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace: Traveling with U.S. Troops Gives Insights into the Recent Massacre"
By Neil Shea, American Scholar blog, posted March 16

Afghan Villagers Were Threatened by US Troops Ahead of Massacre

Witnesses: Troops Lined Up All Men From Mokhoyan, Told Them They'd 'Pay'

by Jason Ditz, March 20, 2012
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The incongruous stories surrounding the March 11 massacre on Afghan civilians in two villages took another turn today, with reports from witnesses in Mokhoyan, one of the two villages targeted, that they were threatened by US troops just days before the massacre.
The witnesses say that troops rounded up all the men from the villages after a roadside bombing, lined them up against a wall, and told them they would “pay a price” for the attack.
The witnesses put the date of the bombing at either March 7 or 8. Previous stories had massacre suspect Robert Bales supposedly “upset” about a bombing in which one of his friends lost a leg.
The military would neither confirm or deny any bombings in the area, only insisting that they would investigate anything that might be related to the shootings. They likewise gave no comments about the threats in Mokhoyan.
If confirmed, the threats would also appear to support the Afghan probe’s version of the massacre, which had an organized group of over a dozen US troops carrying out the massacre, as opposed to a lone man, as the US maintains.

“I saw men wearing American military uniforms who had collected strings of what they said were human ears and toes as combat souvenirs.   They kept Them with pride and some even laughed as they told how a human being reacted as his ear was being hacked off.  There are many members of law enforcement and the military who truly quality as heroes, but tor the term ‘hero’ to be applied by…to the aforementioned is the equivalent of spitting in the face of our Founding Fathers.”

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Pissing on the Dead Enemy the Outrage?
Sebastian Junger.    “We're All Guilty of Dehumanizing the Enemy”
 The Washington Post, RSN, Jan. 14, 2012
Junger writes: "As a society, we may be disgusted by seeing U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters, but we remain oddly unfazed by the fact that, presumably, those same Marines just put .30 caliber rounds through the fighters' chests. American troops are not blind to this irony."
This essay is very like Marlantes’ book, What Is It Like to Go to War?

“They Died in Vain; Deal With It “
Posted by: "Dave"   mplsstreetrwy
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:55 am (PDT)
However well meaning their intentions, the preachers' negligence and
timidity in confronting basic war issues merely help to perpetuate
unnecessary killing. It is high time to hold preachers accountable.
Ray McGovern , Common Dreams

Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday (August 7)
extolled as "heroes" the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed
Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed,
apparently after taking fire from Taliban forces. This week, the
Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) can be expected to beat a steady drumbeat
of "they shall not have died in vain."

But they did. I know it is a hard truth, but they did die in vain.
As in the past, churches across the country will keep praising the
fallen troops for protecting "our way of life," and few can
demur, given the tragic circumstances.
But, sadly, such accolades are, at best, misguided — at worst,
dishonest. Most preachers do not have a clue as to what U.S. forces are
doing in Afghanistan and why. Many prefer not to think about it. There
are some who do know better, but virtually all in that category
eventually opt to punt.
“…in 2006, half of all Americans, according to a Harris poll, still believed Saddam had WMD when the invasion began, and 85 percent of American troops stationed in Iraq, according to a Zogby poll, believed the U.S. mission there was mainly ‘to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks.’” 
Engelhardt, Tom.  The
American Way
of Wars.

--Andrew Bacevitch.   Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War.  Metropolitan Books, 2010. 
--Paul Buchheit, ed.   American Wars: Illusions and Realities.  Clarity P,  2008.  Nineteen illusions used to justify US wars refuted.  Swanson and Buchheit and all of these books reinforce each other.   Rev. Peace and Change (July 2011): “excellent offerings.”
--James Carroll.  House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  The best examination of the Pentagon ever written.   I have an extra copy if you wish to borrow.
-- Nicolas Davies.   Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.   Nimble,  2010.  US leaders’ deceptions that led the nation to mass killing and maiming, and the book on US violations of International law during our “humanitarian” invasion and occupation of Iraq.
--Dimaggio, Anthony.  When Media Go to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent.  Monthly Review, 2009. 
--Hochschild, Adam.   To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.   WWI remade our world for the worse.  Gives major attention to mainly English opponents of the war. 
--Iraq Veterans Against the War, Aaron Glantz, ed.   Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation.  Haymarket, 2008.
--Johnson, Chalmers.  Trilogy: Blowback, Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis.  Last book before his death:  Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope.  Metropolitan, 2010.
--Lily, Robert.  Taken by Force:  Rape and American Gis in Europe during WWII.   2077.  (Refused publication by publisher in 2001 because of 9-11.)
--Mayer, Jane.  The Dark Side: the Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.  Doubleday, 2008.
--Mickey Z.  There Is No Good War.  
--Parenti, Christian.  Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.   Nation Books, 2011.   Global conflicts to arising from warming and what we must do.
--Perrin, Dennis.  Savage Mules: The Democrats and Endless War.  Verso, 2008.
--Richard Rubenstein.  Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War.  Bloomsbury, 2011.   Seven rationales used by our government to initiate wars and the conflict resolution principles and methods essential to preventing wars.   
-- Barry Sampson.   The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. A. K. Press,  2009.  Ever thought of what one Abrams tank does to earth, atmosphere,  and species?
--Scheer, Robert.   The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9-11 and Weakened America.   Twelve, Hachette, 2008.
--Sheehan, Cindy.  Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution.   2010,   For free PDF: ;
--(John Rule. )    David Swanson.   War Is a Lie.  2010.  Fourteen myths that leaders have used to herd the public into war.
--Swanson, David.   Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.  Seven Stories P, 2009.
--Tanaka, Yuki and Marilyn Young, eds.  Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History.  New P, 2009.  
--Tirman, John.  The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars.   Oxford UP, 2011.  Rev. The Progressive (July 2011):  “the definitive study.…a must-read.”
X--Wills, Gary.  Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State.  Penguin, 2010.  Step by step chronology of the growth of presidential power.
--Woodward, Bob.  Obama’s Wars.  Simon and Schuster, 2010.

BOOKS   (older, 1992-2006,  all also powerful truthtellers valid today)
--Blum, William.  Two books:  Killing Hope and Rogue State.  Together catalog all US illegal invasions and interventions since WWII.
--Burbach, Roger and Jim Tarbell.   Imperial Overstretch: George W. bush & The Hubris of Empire.  Zed, 2004.
--Ignatieff, Michael, ed.  American Exceptionalism and Human Rights.  Princton UP, 2005.  US disregard of international laws for US advantage.
--Kinzer, Stephen.  Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to IraqTimes Books, 2006.
--Mann, James.   Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet.  Viking, 2004.
--Quigley, John.   The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II.    Prometheus, 1992. 
---Solomon, Norman.   War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.  Wiley, 2005.
X--Edward Wood, Jr., Worshipping the Myths of World War II: Reflections on America’s Dedication to War.  Potomac, 2006.  
--Worth, Roland Jr.   No Choice But War: The United States Embargo Against Japan and the Eruption of War in the Pacific.  McFarland, 1995.  Makes a convincing case of equal blame for the colonial WWII Pacific.

“How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Trapped in War”
By Ira Chernus,, posted January 20

Woehrle, Lynne, et al.  Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement.   Roman & Littlefield, 2009.  Rev. Fellowship (Spring 2010).  A deep grounding of the peace movement is its effort to reclaim the attribution of “patriotic” for criticism of the nation-state when it wages war.  The book traces the many ways “in which major groups in the peace movement have advanced this cause in their publications over the past 20 years.”

Monday, March 19, 2012

Iraq War Newsletter #12 March 19, 2012

OMNI NEWSLETTER ON IRAQ WAR #12,  MARCH 19, 2012, ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVASION.      BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE TO REPLACE THE CULTURE OF WAR and EMPIRE, Dick Bennett, Editor.   (We seek a new editor.)   (#11 Feb.9, 2012;  #10, October 18, 2011; #9 August 8, 2011; #8 March 19, 2011; #7, April 29, 2010; #6 March 17, 2010, # 5 June 1, 2008; #4 April 3, 2008;  #3 March 24, 2008, #2 Jan. 16, 2008, #1 Nov. 2, 2007.)
This is the url for OMNI’S newsletters page; see the INDEX: Part of OMNI’s foundation in knowledge.
Includes OMNI’s National/International DAYS Project.

Contents of #10
Support the Lee Bill
Occupation and Resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan
Pew Poll of US Troops: War Not Worth It
Kucinich Steadfast
Bennis: Iraq War Continues
100 Poets Against the War
Violence Follows Withdrawal?
Leave Iraq When Promised
Van Buren: We Meant Well?

Contents of #11 Feb. 9, 2012
Haditha Films
IVAW Winter Soldier Film
Four Articles from HAW
Engelhardt: US Weakness
USA Today versus Invasion of Iraq
Cindy Sheehan on Leaving Iraq
WRL on Iraq’s Future
Cockburn, Lost Battle Against IEDs
Hedges and Al-Arian on Killing Innocents
Van Buren, on US Aid
Shear, Novel About Returned Marine
Zunes, Those Responsible
Hayden, Sectarian Future
Vets for Peace: Obama Declares End of War
Casualties and Deaths

Contents #12, March 19, 2012, Invasion Anniversary
Dick Bennett, Harms of Iraq Wars, Embargo, Occupation
Google References

Dick Bennett

This is only a sketch of course.  


Subversion of Law and Love: Training to Kill
The function of military basic training is to reverse one’s lifetime respect for law and rejection of killing.   “’Survive and kill.  That’s what it’s all about,’ said Lt. Col. Dave Bellon, commander of troops training at Camp Robinson. ADG (6-28-06).

False identification of Government with Country
“In celebration of the 4th of July there will be many speeches about the young people who "died for their country." Let's be honest about war. Those who gave their lives did not die for their country, as they were led to believe but for their government. The distinction between country and government is at the heart of the Declaration of Independence, which will be referred to again and again on July 4, but without attention to its meaning.” Howard Zinn


A.     Another Air War by the US  Against Civilians

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Libya, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Iraq 1990: the US has made it routine to bomb civilian targets in opposition to international laws.   The deaths of civilians in WWI was approx. 10% of total casualties; in WWII 50%; in Vietnam War 85%.  With economic sanctions almost 100% of the victims are civilians.

B.     Air Warfare Violates International Laws

US air warfare is international terrorism as defined by the US legal code (Title 18’2331):  involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the US or of any State, etc.

C.     Embargo Also Against Lives of Civilians

Surgery is frequently carried out without anesthetics, and antibiotics are also scarce to unavailable.  Scanners, X-ray machinery, and incubators lie idle for want of spare parts.  Cancers have risen fivefold since the Gulf War.  According to the World Health Organization, in 1989 Iraq offered 92% access to clean water and high-quality healthcare, along with high nutritional standards.  By 1997 1,211,285 children had died of embargo-related causes, according to UNICEF, a figure comparable to Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia. Mothers are too malnourished to breastfeed and unable to afford milk power (a tin exceeds a doctor’s monthly salary).

D.    Embargo Caused Enormous Shortages of All Kinds and Inflation

The per capita income of Iraq has declined from almost $3000 to $60 a year.  The price of wheat flour in 1995 was 11,677 times higher than in 1990.  Knowledge is embargoed: medical journals are not allowed, or pencils, erasers, exercise books.  Shroud cloth for burials and  film to remember their dead children by are prohibited.  And toys, children’s bikes, shoelaces, sanitary towels.
Economic Sanctions Violate International Laws
Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Convention, 1977, Part IV, Section I, Chapter III, Article 54: 1. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited.
And: Charter of Economic Rights & Duties of States, UN General Assembly, 1974.   UN General Assembly Resolution 44/215, Dec. 22, 1989, Economic Measures as a Means of Political and Economic Coercion Against Developing Countries.  International Conference on Nutrition, World Declaration on Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization, 1992.   UN General Assembly, December 1997.  The violations are numerous.  See Ramsey Clark, ?

E.     The Future for Iraq’s People is Threatened

According to the UN, rebuilding the health infrastructure and other civilian needs would require $22 billion a year.   The Bush Admin. budgeted  ??. but diverted most of that money to the war.

F.      Who is the international criminal?

Amnesty International estimates  that Hussein’s regime killed 130,000 people between 1979 and 1989.  The sanctions have killed more than 10 times that number.   UNICEF estimated that 500,000 children died as the direct result of the Gulf War invasion and subsequent embargo.   Who has violated the Genocide Convention more?  And compare Iraq to Israel.  Israel occupies territory illegally, violates Geneva conventions, conducts terrorist assassinations and invasions, secretly built an atomic arsenal, imprisons the scientist who exposed it, employs spies to steal US secrets, yet Iraq and not Israel is labeled a “rogue” state.  Is Iraq more dangerous than any of the other nuclear states—than Pakistan? India?

G.    And who the hypocrite?

The US is the only country to have dropped a nuclear bomb on humans, and they were mainly civilians.  The US is the largest stockpiler of weapons of mass destruction.  And during the past 50 years it has supported some of the most atrocious dictators in the world.  Yet its harsh treatment of this one atrocious dictator exceeds anything ever seen in US history.

H.    The World (except the United Kingdom) Opposed US Bombings and Sanctions

In Dec. 1997 the Cairo Declaration to Save the Children of Iraq and ban economic blockades as weapons of mass destruction collected 18 million signatures in Europe and the Middle East, the world’s largest petition.


Some estimates give 130,000 civilians killed since the invasion.  The U.S. government—and none of the occupying forces-- keeps statistics on the civilians killed by our troops and by other causes.  See Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian, and The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars.

We can only guess at this extermination, since invading and  occupying governments disregard them completely. The horrors of mass killings of humans are so great, even the environmental organizations are largely silent about the torture and killing of animals.

As with animals, the blind callousness of Bush et al. prevents any consideration of the devastated earth, which will continue for decades from unexploded bombs, and for decades more from the “depleted” uranium.   See The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism by Barry Sanders.

The torture of Iraqis drastically undermined the morality not only of US military, Presidency, and Congress,  but of the populace that allowed it.   See Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values by Philippe Sands.

Here is one example:  According to a British Museum report, the ancient city of Babylon, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites and dating back to the time of Nebuchadnezzar, was substantially damaged by the invasion and occupation.  Despite objections from archaeologists, some 2000 U. S. and Polish Forces have used the city as a military depot for the past two years.  Examples of destruction are: military vehicles crushed a 2,600-year-old brick pavement; vast amounts of earth mixed with archaeological fragments were dug up for sandbags; and large areas of the site was covered in gravel brought in from the outside, compacted and chemically treated to provide parking and storage areas.  All of this violated the Hague convention requiring occupying forces to protect major archaeological sites. 

The military and surveillance functions of government have been vastly expanded.  Nothing now equals military expenditures in extent, with a budget of $500 billion for 2006-07 alone.   The Pentagon conditions all aspects of life in the U.S.  We are not merely the military-industrial complex, but the MILITARY-corporate-White House-Congressional-Mainstream Media Complex.   And the President is now Commander-in-Chief, not only for invasions, but for controlling the U. S. public by increasingly secret and pervasive surveillance of the people.  See The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson (and the other books of Johnson’s “Blowback” series).

The GOP has traditionally opposed big government, but under the Republicans the government has enlarged exponentially, particularly for violence, global aggression, and domestic repression  (rationalized as “national security” expenditures).  See: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

The US deficit continues to skyrocket, building a massive debt for future generations of US public. 
Clinton left the federal government with a budget surplus of $237 billion.  We now face a deficit of over $400 billion.  This is not for welfare, for which the Republicans always blamed the Democrats, but for the military.  The total cost of the 2nd Iraq War will cost $1 trillion to $2 trillion, if we include the Pentagon (the pig of pigs), the Dept. of Homeland Security, The NSA, the CIA, the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and many more agencies.  See The Trillion Dollar War by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes.

Illegal detentions, “renderings,” torture.  See above: Torture.   See Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq by Nicolas Davies.

Most countries of the world oppose unilateral US militarism and imperialism.  Iraq, and the US , need support from the international community.  But the US chose unilateral wars and occupations, permanent war.  See Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War by Andrew Bacevich, The
American Way
of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s
by Tom Engelhardt.

Bush Admin. aggressions abroad and repression at home have earned our nation widespread hatred and contempt,not only from Islamic nations but  from former allies.  “The U. S. occupation is a catalyst for violence.  The longer the U. S. occupation continues, the more Iraqis will join the resistance, which primarily opposes the foreign presence.  Conservaztie estimates say the number of resistance fighters in Iraq increased from 5,000 in Nov. 2003 to 20,000 in Nov. 2006.”  AFSC

The occupation deepens tensions within Iraq.  The US made several major mistakes: 1) disbanded the Iraqi army and police while unprepared to take their place, 2)failed to dismantle the militias, 3) supported Shi’a desire for regional autonomy.

The invasion and occupation has undermined relations with other Middle East governments, even former allies, and US aggression has galvanized militants throughout the region to join the insurrection in Iraq and attack other countries, such as Jordan.

The Japanese democracy grew under U.S. occupation, but the conditions in Iraq are dissimilar and not conducive to the democratic system. 

1991 invasion, 12 years of bombings and sanctions, 2003 invasion, and the occupation have devastated Iraq’s infrastructure and its population.  Water and sewage treatment, electricity, health care are severely crippled.    The US has not rebuilt and restored what it has damaged.  While it has spent some $300 billion fighting, it has not spent half of the $18 billion originally allocat4d for reconstruction.  See We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People by Peter Van Buren.

Awarding major contracts to U.S. corporations creates little benefit to Iraqis, while Iraqis need jobs.

Funds are being cut on all levels in the US for schools, libraries, hospitals, transportation, the environment, preparing for climate change. 

When disasters strike, as with Hurricane Katrina, states are unable to respond as needed

Blurring lines between the military and aid efforts has caused almost all NGOs and UN agencies to leave Iraq.  On the humanitarian excuse for invading or intervening in another country, see Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War by Jean Bricmont.

Ehrenreich, Barbara.  “Bush’s Bloat,”  The Progressive (June 2006).
Pemberton, Miriam and William Hartung.  Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War.  2008.
“Ten Reasons Why the U. S. Must Leave Iraq.”  American Friends Service Committee.

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Two Events to Mark the 9th Anniversary of the Iraq War. Two events in Los Angeles to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
4.                             Commemorating al Qaeda's Heinous Attacks on America, Forgetting US ... › blogsWalter C. Uhler's blogCached
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Sep 13, 2011 – Commemorating al Qaeda's Heinous Attacks on America, Forgetting ... A thorough search conducted by the American forces invading Iraq failed to find any – ANY! ..... Iraq War veteran shoots 11-year-old sister — Mar 16 2012 ...
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Interactive: The Wikileaks Iraq war logs provide us with a unique picture of ... 17 Mar 2012: Followers of Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr say they have .... Iraq: a memorial ... Jonathan Freedland: The 2003 invasion has tainted the idea of liberal ...
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1 Scope and impact in the United States; 2 Prior to the invasion of Iraq ..... flag- draped cardboard coffins, commemorating each of the U.S. fallen troops as of that ...
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In September 2003, six months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan built a towering memorial on the outskirts of the ...
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An event Monday at Utah State University, “Out of Iraq”, is a series of panels and programs to discuss the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on the nine-year anniversary of the start of the combat. ... Story Created: Mar 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM MDT ...
9.                             Candlelight Vigil & Rally on the 9th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
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Tuesday, March 20 2012, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, by alexa, Hits : 47 ... In a matter of 9 years, the U.S. invasion resulted in a stunning 1.3 million killed, ... On the anniversary of the U.S. invasion, join us for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the more ...

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After investigation following the invasion, the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group ...... A local memorial in North Carolina in December 2007; U.S. casualty count can be seen in ... between 2001 and 2003 about Iraq's alleged threat to the United States.
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The United States public's opinion of the invasion of Iraq has changed ... 1.1 1992; 1.2 February 2001; 1.3 October 2002; 1.4 January 2003; 1.5 February 2003 ...
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15, 2011, the American military formally ended its mission in Iraq, one that cost the .... in the city of Zubayr, just west of Basra, to commemorate the last day of Arbaeen. ... and Iraq have been especially strained since the 2003 American invasion ... 11, 2001 — some argue, even before — President George W. Bush began to ...

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