An award-winning, unembedded journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against military occupation. (Now available in paperback with a new Afterword!)
“Dahr Jamail’s human portrait of the men and women who turned away from the project of empire should serve as a beacon…The truth they tell demands that we find the courage to make our nation accountable for the crimes committed in our name.”
– From the Foreword by Chris Hedges
Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone, brings us inside the movement of military resistance to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2006, a majority in the United States have opposed the continued occupation of Iraq, and increasing skepticism surrounds the escalation in Afghanistan. But how do the soldiers who carry out the American occupations see their missions?
Fragmented reports of battalions refusing orders, of individual soldiers refusing redeployment and taking a public stand against the occupations have trickled into the mainstream reportage over the last five years. But how deep does the current of resistance run? What makes soldiers decide to go AWOL, file for conscientious objector status, and even serve sentences in military prison for their acts of refusal?
Dahr Jamail’s comprehensive study of today’s military resisters sheds new light on the contours of dissent within the ranks of the world’s most powerful military.
Praise for Dahr Jamail and THE WILL TO RESIST:
“Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq war has brought us Dahr Jamail.”
– Mother Jones
“Dahr Jamail is one of very few journalists who have displayed the courage—physical, intellectual, and moral courage—to tell the truth about the invasion of Iraq. In this outstanding book, he describes the often secret resistance within the U.S. military as soldiers reclaim their humanity and, with searing honesty, offer a glimpse of how America’s wars on the world might end.”
– John Pilger, award-winning independent journalist and author of Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire
“…the most important nonfiction book published this hear.
– Political Media Review
BEYOND THE GREEN ZONE
Vivid, insightful, and often in the participants’ own words, Beyond the Green Zone goes past the polished desks of the corporate media and Washington politicians to tell first hand of the reality of life under U.S. occupation.
“Dahr Jamail is truly courageous.He has taken great risks in the service of the truth.He has tirelessly told the stories of the victims, proud people in dire straits, writing with poignancy and immediacy, with eloquence and accuracy. If only the corporate networks would devote a small percentage of their resources to the type of reporting that Dahr Jamail accomplishes with next to nothing. The prospect of such a media system depends on the demands and activism of the public, a public that holds the networks, the reporters, and elected officials accountable, and a public that supports independent media.”
– From the Foreword by Amy Goodman and Dennis Moynihan
What people are saying about BEYOND THE GREEN ZONE and DAHR JAMAIL
– Seymour Hersh
“An independent American journalist, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq several times since our invasion “to try to challenge the distortions of the mainstream media.” He succeeded brilliantly. Beyond the Green Zone is a collection of his reports on such subjects as American disinformation about how we captured Saddam Hussein, the battles of Fallujah, and the U.S. campaign to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq. His observations of the gratuitous cruelty of American soldiers toward innocent Iraqis are particularly devastating.”
—Chalmers Johnson, author of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
“From the earliest days of the war, Dahr Jamail has been a human conduit for the voices of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. In the face of tremendous personal risk, his commitment to the crucial, principled task of bearing witness has never wavered, and this extraordinary book is the result.”
—Naomi Klein, author, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
“This book pierces the miasma of ignorance, mendacity and embedded egotism that has shaped most coverage of Iraq in the American press. It is a passionate and deeply insightful look at the reality of war and occupation, and also an example of international journalism at its best.”
—Stephen Kinzer, former bureau chief, New York Times, and author, All the Shah’s Men
“While so much reporting from Iraq has remained embedded and wrong, Dahr Jamail’s courageous truth-telling from the frontline has been a beacon.”
“Dahr Jamail does us a great service, by taking us past the lies of our political leaders, past the cowardice of the mainstream press, into the streets, the homes, the lives of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. He is a superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft, in the tradition of Heywood Broun, John Reed, I.F. Stone. If what he has seen could be conveyed to all Americans, this ugly war in Iraq would quickly come to an end.”
“Even more notable than Dahr Jamail’s extraordinary courage as an independent American journalist in wartime Iraq is his wide-open heart on the beat of the war’s central human realities. While U.S. media coverage routinely skitters along the surface of Iraqi suffering, Jamail repeatedly dives into its actual horrors — relentlessly and compassionately exploring the terrible results. Along the way, he lets us know about the inspiring kindness and unsung bravery of people who continue to endure a hellish daily ordeal. Putting major news outlets to shame, Beyond the Green Zone tells us what the big American media are apparently incapable of reporting in any sustained way. For an easier spin, read the New York Times or the Washington Post. For a true story too real and awful for mainstream news, read this book.”
—Norman Solomon, author, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
“Dahr Jamail is the real deal: a reporter who not only has the guts to go where the danger is but the courage to open his heart to the people he finds there. In his radio reporting and now his new book, Jamail goes beyond the Green Zone and beyond most people’s comfort zone of denial.”
—Laura Flanders, radio host and author, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians
“This book is essential reading for anybody who wants to know what is really happening in Iraq. It is a book which reports what Iraqis endure and what has happened to them during the occupation.”
—Patrick Cockburn, foreign correspondent, The Independent, author, The Occupation
“Dahr Jamail’s Beyond the Green Zone is the response to the embedded, propagandistic corporate media empire that played a crucial role in making the invasion and occupation of Iraq possible and helps ensure its continuation. While the powerful media conglomerates embedded on the ground with the invading and occupying forces — and ideologically with the men running the war — Jamail embedded in the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah and Sadr City with the suffering people of Iraq and uncovered the horrors of this war of ‘liberation.’ With trademark bravery and a quiet and humble commitment to telling the stories of those forced to live on the other end of the barrel of the U.S. foreign policy machine gun, Jamail ensured that the history of the Iraq occupation would not be written exclusively by self-proclaimed victors and the powerful. Simply put, Dahr Jamail is the conscience of American war reporting, the quintessential un-embedded reporter.”
—Jeremy Scahill, New York Times best-selling author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
CULTURAL CLEANSING IN IRAQ
Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered
Edited by Prof. Raymond W. Baker, Shereem T. Ismael and Tareq Y. Ismael
(With Chapter 6 “Killing the Intellectual Class” contributed by Dahr Jamail.)
Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime. Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly document the consequences of the occupiers’ willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world’s oldest recorded cultures. Targeted assassination of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural cleansing. This important work lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy.