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The American War Against Iraq: Ten Years Later (Articles)

Iraq War: An Eight-Year Massive Crime—But the US Political Class & Press Ask, ‘Was It Worth It?’
Kevin Gosztola | FireDogLake | March 18, 2013

Do Iraqis think it was “worth it” to be invaded in 2003 so the US could prevent Saddam Hussein from using weapons of mass destruction that did not exist?

“It cannot be said there was no cost or suffering for Americans, however, that should not be the focus of reflection. It should not matter whether Americans think it was “worth it” or not, whether those who engineered the war still find it to have been “worth it,” or even whether troops who served happen to believe what they did was “worth it.” The primary focus should be the cost to Iraqis.

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New 'Costs of War' Report: Hundreds of Thousands Dead, Trillions Spent

As the ten year anniversary of Iraq invasion approaches research undermines any claims that war was worth it

by Jon Queally  |  March 15, 2013

As the ten year anniversary of the US invasion approaches, updated research shows that both the human and financial costs of the preemptive and prolonged military adventure in Iraq are higher than the most Americans even now realize and astronomically higher than its proponents assured the public as they made their case for war a decade ago.

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Iraq War Among World's Worst Events

Iraqi bodiesby David Swanson  |  March 18, 2013

Ever More Shocked, Never Yet Awed

The following is a brief summary of a much longer, and fully documented, report available at warisacrime.org/iraq and being made available in an attractive 88-page PDF at coldtype.net.

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Ten Years After: Iraq's Pain has Only Increased Since 2003

by Sami Ramadani | Guardian UK | March 14, 2013

It has always been painful for me to write about Iraq and Baghdad, the land of my birth and the city of my childhood. They say that time is a great healer, but, along with most Iraqis, I feel the pain even more deeply today. But this time the tears for what has already happened are mixed with a crippling fear that worse is yet to come: an all-out civil war. Ten years on from the shock and awe of the 2003 Bush and Blair war – which followed 13 years of murderous sanctions, and 35 years of Saddamist dictatorship – my tormented land, once a cradle of civilisation, is staring into the abyss.

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Reflections on 10 Years of Illegitimate US War on Iraq

The Steering Committee of World Can't Wait  |  March 12, 2013

Samatha Goldman:
Ten years ago, I was a student in high school when the war in Iraq began. At 15, I threw myself wholeheartedly into resisting the war. I remember the agony and outrage I felt when despite mass protest, a war based on lies was waged in our names. Ten years later a lot has changed, in the world and in my life. But the essential fact remains that the invasion of Iraq was horribly wrong and that the occupation that followed (and still continues) is criminal. It is also true that all those who continued to speak out and resist the Bush program and its reincarnation are right and precious.

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A Low, Dishonest Decade: New Details for U.S War Crimes in Iraq

by Chris Floyd  |  March 7, 2013

The truth-telling of the imprisoned Bradley Manning continues to bear rich fruit, even as he faces a lifetime in prison for acting on principle to save innocent lives and prevent his country from staining itself further with war crimes. This week, the Guardian released a special investigation into the hideous regime of torture that the United States imposed and empowered during its years-long rape of Iraq.

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War on Iraq is Still Not in Our Name

by Debra Sweet  |  February 15, 2013

Not In Our Name anti-war protest

10 years ago today was the largest one-day mass outpouring of opposition to war in history, when as many as 15 million people worldwide came into the streets to oppose the Bush regime's impending attack on the people of Iraq. Two points we must contemplate and take to heart:

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"After the Fire, the Fire Still Burns": Horror Goes on for Victims of Iraq War Atrocities

by Chris Floyd

Years ago, I wrote several pieces about the savage decimation of Fallujah by American forces in 2004. Some of those pieces [here and here, for example] pointed to the highly credible evidence that chemical weapons were used against the people of Fallujah -- most of them non-combatants locked into the city by an American ring of steel.

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Nine Years Later: More Shocked, Less Awed

Remarks at the Left Forum
by David Swanson


When I lived in New York 20 years ago, the United States was beginning a 20-year war on Iraq. We protested at the United Nations. The Miami Herald depicted Saddam Hussein as a giant fanged spider attacking the United States. Hussein was frequently compared to Adolf Hitler. On October 9, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl told a U.S. congressional committee that she’d seen Iraqi soldiers take 15 babies out of an incubator in a Kuwaiti hospital and leave them on the cold floor to die. Some congress members, including the late Tom Lantos (D., Calif.), knew but did not tell the U.S. public that the girl was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, that she’d been coached by a major U.S. public relations company paid by the Kuwaiti government, and that there was no other evidence for the story. President George H. W. Bush used the dead babies story 10 times in the next 40 days, and seven senators used it in the Senate debate on whether to approve military action. The Kuwaiti disinformation campaign for the Gulf War would be successfully reprised by Iraqi groups favoring the overthrow of the Iraqi government twelve years later.

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