Disgusted that “the three participants in the third U.S. presidential debate last week pretended Iraq didn’t exist,” David Swanson tells OpEd News readers (10/18/08) of the residents of a devastated Baghdad “are “managing major rallies of tens of thousands of people in opposition to the treaty to extend the occupation for three more years (and beyond).” Swanson further offers an antidote for the “consumer of U.S. corporate media” who might be made to believe that “the occupation is for the benefit of the people of Iraq and, with the help of ‘the surge,’ it is ‘succeeding.’ President Bush is actually working on an ‘agreement’ to ‘end’ the ‘war'”:
To begin the reeducation process necessary to recognize such positions as sick jokes, I recommend the best history of the U.S. occupation of Iraq that I’ve seen: Michael Schwartz’s War Without End: The Iraq War in Context. This book puts incidents of violence we hear about in the context of the massive violence we don’t hear much about, and puts all of it in the context of the economic and social devastation imposed on Iraq by the people we absurdly call our public servants. Schwartz also helps to make the complex clearer and simpler by framing his account in terms of the actual oily motivations of our government, rather than any of the pretended rationales.
Also read the FAIR magazine Extra!: “Meanwhile, in Iraq . . .” (9-10/08) by Hannah Dreier