Archive | October, 2007

When Blackwater Kills, No Questions Asked

BAGHDAD — The recent attacks by Blackwater USA mercenaries in Baghdad are far from the first — and many believe they will not be the last.

Seventeen Iraqis were killed Sep. 16, and another 27 wounded at Nisoor square in western Baghdad when mercenaries from the company opened fire on them. Dozens of witnesses said that, contrary to Blackwater claims, the mercenaries had not come under attack.

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The Mouth of a Graveyard: A Review of Dahr Jamail’s Beyond the Green Zone

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by Ron Jacobs; October 02, 2007
Original Posting of Review

Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq

by Dahr Jamail
(Haymarket, 2007)

As the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the accompanying war on its people heads into a fifth year, the New York Times and Washington Post continue to run articles presenting the situation in that country in much the same way that the politicians and generals in Washington want us to see it. In other words, the picture those papers present is one that not only considers Washington’s goals there to be worthwhile, but actually being reached. If one wants to find another side to the story, they must search a little deeper on the internet for reportage and analysis. This coverage not only begins with different assumptions regarding the occupation, it also presents a picture based on the perspectives of Iraqis and others whose fortunes are not tied to Washington’s plans for the region.

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Ill-Equipped Soldiers Opt for “Search and Avoid”

WATERTOWN, New York — Iraq war veterans now stationed at a base here say that morale among U.S. soldiers in the country is so poor, many are simply parking their Humvees and pretending to be on patrol, a practice dubbed “search and avoid” missions.

Phil Aliff is an active duty soldier with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum in upstate New York. He served nearly one year in Iraq from August 2005 to July 2006, in the areas of Abu Ghraib and Fallujah, both west of Baghdad.

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