To mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq David Swanson put up a long essay on his website at http://warisacrime.org/iraq
, and has given me permission to turn it into an ebook.
'At 10 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation (to use the original name with the appropriate acronym, OIL) and over 22 years since Operation Desert Storm, there is little evidence that any significant number of people in the United States have a realistic idea of what our government has done to the people of Iraq, or of how these actions compare to other horrors of world history. A majority of Americans believe the war since 2003 has hurt the United States but benefitted Iraq. A plurality of Americans believe, not only that Iraqis should be grateful, but that Iraqis are in fact grateful... A sanitized version of the war and how it started is now in many of our school text books. It is not too late for us to correct the record, or to make reparations. We can better work for an actual reduction in war making and the prevention of new wars, if we accurately understand what past wars have involved.'
The ebook is packed with evidence as endnotes and direct links.
29 March: A friend of mine has found two minor typos. I have deleted the old file and uploaded a corrected version.
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