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If war aims
are stated which seem to be concerned solely with Anglo-American
imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the
world ... The interests of other peoples should be stressed ...
*This would have a better propaganda effect.* (From a private memo
between Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. State Department,
The Iraqi State
has been demolished, under the irrepressible weight of American
bombs and United Nations silent acquiescence.
What was sold
as a mortal battle against "weapons of mass destruction,"
has morphed into a fight against "Saddam", to "liberate"
the Iraqi oppressed; those who were bombed weeks ago will soon host
a horde of American companies which will earn billions to rebuild
the shattered infrastructure (shattered by over 12 years of UN diplomatic
and Anglo-American aggression).
Are there weapons
of mass destruction'?
Who cares? That
was yesterday; this is today, the corporate media seems to be suggesting.
The American people seem more interested in what will be on TV tonight
than the reasons why war is waged, in their name.
There is a reason
why Americans seem to not give a damn. First, because the bombed
and blitzed were Arabs (which is the polite term we use, rather
than the British 'wog', or the American 'sand nigger'). Second,
this isn't the first time that the government used a lie to bring
their citizens to a war fever.
Just over a
decade ago, when the U.S. wanted to whip the American people into
a killing frenzy, they brought out the 'Kuwaiti stolen incubators'
story, complete with a weeping maiden who tell a chosen coterie
of congressmen about the ruthless raids of Iraqi troops into Kuwaiti
hospitals. The administration's tales of horror tore into the guts
of every mother and father, and before long, American troops were
sending tens of thousands of Iraqis to paradise on the Highway of
Death back to Baghdad. Of course, the maiden's story was a false
media ploy which garnered airtime all around the earth. The 'maiden',
a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family, the al-Sabah's, wasn't even
in the country at the time of the Iraqi incursion; one, incidentally,
that happened because the U.S., through its Ambassador April Glaspie,
gave personal assurances to President Hussein that the U.S. would
"have no opinion on... your border dispute with Kuwait."
After Gulf War
I, then-General Colin Powell lamented at the loss of American whipping
boys; "Think hard about it. I'm running out of demons. I'm
running out of villains." (Toronto Star, April 9, 1991). To
U.S. eyes, Saddam Hussein was deeply useful, one way, or another.
When the Islamic Revolution sent the late 'Shah' into retirement,
the U.S. cuddled up to Hussein, and armed him to the gills to wage
a vicious proxy war on the Iranians. For almost a decade, the two
nations engaged in a mutual bloodfest, which sputtered to an end
after a million people were dead.
They now need
what's under Iraqi sands much more than they needed Hussein, and
they had to manufacture a reason for war that would send chills
down American spines. Enter: "weapons of mass destruction."
Like the 'incubator'
story (which pictured Iraqis throwing Kuwaiti children onto cold
hospital floors, while looting the joint of incubators), the evocation
of "weapons of mass destruction" played on American fears
kindled by the fires of 9/11.
And now, after
weeks of sand-sifting by the armed forces, and with no iota of such
weapons found, the Bush Administration insists that the war was
waged to "liberate" the Iraqis from a brutal tyrant. The
very forces that supported his tyranny decades ago, now insists
it wants to 'free' the people from it.
What about the
wars to come? Iran? Syria?
What sweet lies
will the U.S. propaganda machine spin for the American people?
Which lies will
Barsamian, David. "The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting."
(Boston: South End Press, 2001); Arnove, Anthony, "Iraq Under
Siege: Ten Years On," Monthly Review (Dec. 2000) [52:7]; Andreas,
Joel. "Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism."
(Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2003).]
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