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Rain of Terror: The Iraqi Air War in Context
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 02:59
by Chris Floyd

I've got another guest-post up over at Glenn Greenwald's place; you can find it here. Below is a brief excerpt:
Monday, the Pentagon acknowledged a long-unspoken truth: that the bombardment of civilian neighborhoods in Iraq is an integral part of the vaunted "counterinsurgency" doctrine of Gen. David Petraeus. The number of airstrikes in the conquered land has risen fivefold since George W. Bush escalated the war in January...

What we are also seeing with this strategy is, to put it plainly, an attempt to terrorize a civilian population into submission. Let's strip away all the political gamesmanship and partisan point scoring that encrusts the Beltway debate — that hideous masque of red death, where fine-dining blowhards prate and prance to the music of keening mothers and dying soldiers. Let's break down the on-message jargon and lumps of propaganda into the base elements of truth. ... George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their cohorts have made the deliberate, conscious decision to engage in state terrorism in order to advance foreign policy and energy objectives they held long before 9/11 "changed the world."
Go give it a gander, if you would.
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