It Would Be Violent if We Left Iraq

A headline and subhead in the Los Angeles Times: Iraq attacks raise new concerns about U.S. pullout Suicide bombings, car explosions and gunfire that killed at least 70 in an apparently coordinated assault suggests Iraqi forces may be overwhelmed by insurgents after American troops withdraw. Of course, these attacks happened while U.S. troops are still in the country– making the point about the U.S. “pullout” somewhat hard to follow. But this is a familiar argument. Remember the Time magazine cover photo of a disfigured Afghan woman last July? The magazine’s political point was summed up by the text on the […]


Colonialism Endures ‘Without Being Seen to Do So’

Michael Schwartz’ (TomDispatch, 7/9/09) quote from a New York Times Baghdad report that “much of the complicated work of dismantling and removing millions of dollars of equipment from the combat outposts in the city has been done during the dark of night” includes the reason for this secrecy having to “take place at night”: “Fewer Iraqis are likely to see that the American withdrawal is not total.” To Schwartz, “acting in the dark of night, in fact, seems to catch the nature of American plans for Iraq in a particularly striking way”: Last week, despite the death of Michael Jackson, […]