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The 1991 Gulf War
George H.W. Bush and The New World Order

This is a rambling account of my thoughts on the Persian Gulf War, the impact of casualties on public support for interventionist wars, the limitations of military power and the murderous sanctions put on Iraq after the war. Some portions of this piece were written in 1991, with other parts added almost ten years later.

Local Iraq War demo

An Apology to the People of Iraq
On the eve of the 2003 US invasion

I wrote this in the days leading up to the beginning of the Iraq war. I felt compelled to speak out about the impending slaughter of the Iraqi people and take a stand against the insanity that seemed to have overtaken our leaders. A shorter version of this piece was published in the March/April 2003 issue of The Thought.

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Leave Iraq to the Iraqis
On the third anniversary of the Iraq occupation

By 2006 the real US agenda for invading Iraq had become crystal clear. When George W. Bush spoke of “freedom” for Iraq, he really meant freedom for the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, oil companies and other private multinational corporations to control Iraqi markets and natural resources. To put maximum pressure on the administration to withdraw US troops, I felt it was imperative that the worldwide demonstrations planned for March 18, 2006 be massive and widespread.

Iraqi children

The occupation of Iraq

As the Iraq War grinds on, we are seeing an increasing number of reports involving the torture, rape, or murder of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers. This should not surprise us. War is ruthless, cruel and dehumanizing—almost by definition. War brutalizes, and the damage it inflicts on nations penetrates deep into the social fabric of the victors as well as the losers. War does not build nations; it destroys them. Democracy and war are not compatible.

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