From London daily The Morning Star:
Common sense on Iraq
(Monday 12 June 2006)
PICK: Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal (The New Press, £14.99)
by Anthony Arnove
THIS is an excellent little book which graphically places the Iraq disaster in a historical and deeply human context.
Many reputable authors seemingly find it difficult to convey the relevant information about a past or present political crisis, while, at the same time, indicating what it all means for the people caught up in the situation.
Anthony Arnove is not among them.
Here, we have an accessible text that clearly charts the illegalities and horrors of the criminal Iraq policies being pursued by Bush and Blair – all set against the background of former US aggressions and occupations, including particularly good commentary on the US invasions of the Philippines and Vietnam. …
It is illuminating to learn that, in not probing the Bush policies on Iraq, even the New York Times and the Washington Post are now driven to admit that they have served the criminal propaganda for war, though they do not put the matter in quite these terms.
Nonetheless, they say that “coverage was not as rigorous as it should have been” and “we didn’t pay enough attention” to those voices raising questions about the war.
It is useful also to see emphasis on the oil factor.
I am always amazed to see how many broadcast discussions of Iraq contain no mention of the US lust for energy resources – as if it is impolite for respectable pundits to raise such inconvenient considerations. …