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Sapiens
08-24-07, 08:44 AM
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Superb video. It's about the "political" aspect of the political economy. Believe what the establishmen does, not what they say.

WDCRob
08-24-07, 09:15 AM
PNAC = Project for the New American Century, the neo-con cabal where Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Feith, Hadley et al coordinated the PR and policy efforts from 1997 or so to ensure the US would attack Iraq and depose Saddam Hussein.

Rajiv
08-24-07, 10:44 AM
Talking of the Neocons, there was a good article by Abbas J. Ali - "A conversation with a neoconservative (http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2342.shtml)"


Those who are intimately familiar with the neoconservatives’ pattern of thinking and behavior know that their Iraqi message was intended to divert attention from its real purpose and to softly package the war policy so the public would not be bothered questioning the real aims of targeting a country, Iraq, which has neither the capacity nor the intention to harm the U.S. The Iraqi venture from the beginning was Biblically driven and literally intended to spread chaos in Iraq and incapacitate its social, economic, and political institutions.

At the time, I thought I had a moral and intellectual responsibility to responds to the editorial. On February 20, 2003, I wrote a concise letter to the editor stating:


Your editorial, ‘Why war would be justified,’ is misleading. You overlooked the fact that Saddam was brought to power by London and Washington to primarily eliminate the progressive and liberal forces in Iraq. Unlike other Arab States, Iraq, in the 1960s had the most skilled and open-minded middle- class segment. This was considered a threat to the elites in both capitals. To their surprise, the elites in these capitals have discovered that economic sanctions and Saddam brutality have failed to get rid of all intellectual and progressive forces in Iraq. Therefore, an invasion must be undertaken to do the job and subsequently teach all Arabs that their aspiration for freedom, democracy, and prosperity are not allowed.

Normally, the editor of a major and respected magazine will not react nor respond personally. Nor would he turn a civilized discourse into a personal attack. But the editor, Bill Emmott, wrote back (Feb. 23, 2003) twisting the content of my letter, manipulating my clear and precise message, and asserting that I have no authority to write about events related to Iraq and the Middle East as he claimed because I am not a historian. His tone was blunt to the extreme.
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Since the 2003 military and cultural invasion of Iraq, the country has become an incubator of terrorism, its social fabric has been destroyed, and its people are under constant threat of death and destruction. Those Iraqis who are still alive are strangers in their homeland. Their hopes disappeared and their aspirations vanished.

In a short time, the neoconservatives have effectively transformed Iraq into an arena where death is the only option. In fact, the only dream that is left on the mind of Iraqis is to be alive the next morning. Iraqis these days are not even seeking to have the basic rights specified in the international Human Rights principles. They are merely asking to have a right to live. The question is will the neoconservatives allow it?