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588 weeks ago @ News From Antiwar.com - The Wages of Censorshi... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is grim -- antiwar.com jumping on the Iranian election debacle. Do you not recognize psyops when you see it? Why would the US government and media care a whit about Iranian democracy after maintaining the Shah for more than 25 years. For at least two years (likely more), US Special Forces have been engaged in sabotage, assassinations, and other disruptions in Iran, as Seymour Hersh has reported several times. Drop this issue

590 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - Our McMan in Bananastan · 0 replies · +2 points

This piece is too cute. What the hell does "vaginalized" mean? And what about "Evildoers are about as likely to convert Pakistani nukes into suitcase bombs as they are to find a cure for herpes. " Mr. Huber, please get some sleep. These jokes are neither funny nor illuminating.

Referring to the resistance in Afghanistan as "evildoers" merely parrots the militarists' action hero war language, and continues to confuse the issue. Resistance in Afghanistan is not about "jihad" or Islamic "extremism." Our government is engaged in a ruthless and brutal war of attrition against a popular resistance, creating comic book enemies to fight there.

And "vaginalized" is probably the most sexist pejorative I have ever encountered.

594 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - Suicide Bombers Target... · 0 replies · +1 points

The question of rising violence as the US "withdrawal" deadline approaches should be understood in the context of the last six years of carnage and brutality in Iraq. Events called "suicide bombings" or "insurgent attacks" have oftentimes appeared to be something else. The bombing of the Golden Mosque in 2006, inevitably attributed to Sunni "insurgents" in the mass media, could only have been carried out by the occupying army, as was borne out by many contemporaneous local news accounts. Yet accepted truth in the mass media -- and apparently antiwar.com -- is that the horrors of 2006-08 were mere "civil war," unrelated to actions by US Special Forces or other shadowy entities. The Golden Mosque bombing, often cited as the catalyst for the bloodletting that followed, was in fact carried out by the occupiers, but blamed on "civil war" elements. For hundreds of years, Sunnis had security responsibilities for the Golden Mosque, a Shia holy place, and both sects revered it. Only the Americans had reason to destroy it, and only Americans (and some Brits) could be dim enough to believe the explanations.

594 weeks ago @ Antiwar.com Original A... - Suicide Bombers Target... · 0 replies · +1 points

The question of rising violence as the US "withdrawal" deadline approaches should be understood in the context of the last six years of carnage and brutality in Iraq. Events called "suicide bombings" or "insurgent attacks" have oftentimes appeared to be something else. The bombing of the Golden Mosque in 2006, inevitably attributed to Sunni "insurgents" in the mass media, could only have been carried out by the occupying army, as was borne out by many contemporaneous local news accounts. Yet accepted truth in the mass media -- and apparently antiwar.com -- is that the horrors of 2006-08 were mere "civil war," unrelated to actions by US Special Forces or other shadowy entities. The Golden Mosque bombing, often cited as the catalyst for the bloodletting that followed, was in fact carried out by the occupiers, but blamed on "civil war" elements. For hundreds of years, Sunnis had security responsibilities for the Golden Mosque, a Shia holy place, and both sects revered it. Only the Americans had reason to destroy it, and only Americans (and some Brits) could be dim enough to believe the explanations.

So now we have allegedly renewed "internecine warfare" in Iraq. Isn't it more likely that what we call "suicide bombings" are in fact the last gasps of the cowering imperial occupiers, who refuse to leave? Doesn't every bomb place more pressure against the decision to more or less, sort of, kind of withdraw from Iraqi cities in June as required in the SoF agreement? It seems incredible that any Iraqi "insurgent" of any stripe could think that more bombings, more slaughter, more spectacular explosions, could possibly sway any opinion in that decimated country.

These bombings are the work of the occupiers. Nonsense like this piece further clouds our thinking, psychologizing the American-created myth of the lunatic arab bomber. This is what the "El Salvador option" looks like in Iraq, and what it has looked like for years. Don't you recognize it? We've seen it dozens of times before.