Worthy victims allow citizens to see themselves as empathetic, compassionate, and just. Worthy victims are an effective tool to demonize the aggressor. They are used to obliterate nuance and ambiguity.
"As for what the conflict is all about, the background reasons are not obscure. It has long been a primary principle of U.S. foreign policy to control the vast energy resources of the Middle East."
In Their Own Voices: A series of short videos by and of Iraqi's in Minnesota, sponsored by the Iraq and American Reconciliation Project and filmed in 2012 through 2014. https://youtu.be/uRjwy5RsPww https://youtu.be/rgbAW5OscnM https://youtu.be/jGxsJyursXM https://youtu.be/1KLq57_KUPc Media for the people! Bringing you the best of the alternative media and original articles and videos. Click More
Astore: When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser, or even a traitor.
Wright: My conscience is taking me now to North Korea. Today, as a citizen diplomat, I am part of a delegation of 30 international women peacemakers from around the world who will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea.
The Intercept | Jon Schwarz: New York Times accidentally undermines John Bolton “Bomb Iran” op-ed in own pages
Schwarz: Bolton helped force out José Bustani, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in 2002. According to Bustani and others, Bolton was infuriated that Bustani was making plans for his organization to determine whether Iraq still possessed chemical weapons, since it would undermine the Bush administration’s plans for war.
Exclusive: The armchair warriors of Official Washington are eager for a new war, this time with Russia over Ukraine, and they are operating from the same sort of mindless “group think” and hostility to dissent that proved so disastrous in Iraq, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry ConsortiumNews.org January 30, 2015 If you wonder how the More
In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program. BY GARETH PORTER ForeignPolicy.com OCTOBER 16, 2014 The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to More
The U.S. (and other countries) played a key role in Saddam’s chemical weapons program. As The Washington Post's Bob Woodward reported in 1982, the CIA began giving Iraq intelligence which it used to “calibrate” its mustard gas attacks against Iranian troops. ...my guide described the workshops and conferences the [Tehran] Peace Museum hosts on the More
It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil By Michael Schwartz TomDispatch.com June 24, 2014. Read Tom Engelhardt's Introduction here. Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate More