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Remember that the fires we lite in Iraq still burn. Look and learn.

Summary:  America led the invasion and occupation of Iraq, overthrowing a secular regime for what became a mostly Islamic theocratic state. It began in March 2003. Iraq is still burning. The news media seldom remind of the the chaos we created. The fighting Mosul is a vivid dot in the long war we irresponsibly ignited. …

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Patrick Cockburn looks at the new, strange developments in the Syrian war

Summary:  At first just another civil war in a small State, the Syrian civil war increasingly becomes a fulcrum on which rotates the regional powers of the Middle East and several of the world’s great powers. Each phase of the expanding war has defied the confident predictions of experts. Here journalist Patrick Cockburn describes the …

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Iraq wonders if America will respect them in the morning

Rumors are flying about US demands for the new Iraq-US security “agreement.”  It is not a treaty — although it looks like a treaty — as that would require Senate approval.  Under America’s new Constitution-lite government, words mean only what the Executive chooses them to mean — neither more or less. This post gives excerpts from various sources about the terms …

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A NY Times reporter proves that we still do not understand Iraq

A new book for the reading pile of folks following the Iraq War: Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq, Patrick Cockburn.  This post discusses not the review, but a revealing review of the book by Dexter Filkins in the 11 June issue of The New Republic. Cockburn’s book shows the …

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