What You Won’t Hear About the #IraqWar in Establishment Media

Rania Khalek

As we mourn the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, the establishment media elite seem to agree that the Iraq war was a mistake. But that is about as far as they will go in their criticism.

Meanwhile, the mainstream rarely reports on the suffering of the Iraqi people or the U.S.-led pillaging of their resources and infrastructure. The press can’t even get the number of Iraqi deaths right despite knowing the exact amount of US soldier’s killed. And I have yet to see any establishment voices use the words “illegal” or “war crime” to describe the mass slaughter that was launched in 2003. In fact, much of the focus over last few days has been on whether or not the war was “worth it” for the United States.

So, for those interested in what the media isn’t saying about the Iraq war, I highly recommend checking out Muftah’s special Iraq war issue, featuring articles by some of my favorite writers.

Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization & Graveyard of Imperial Intentions by Roqayah Chamseddine 

Ten Years After Iraq, Media Advocates For War Are Still With Us by Murtaza Hussain

The Iraq War & the Desperation of Capitalism by J.A. Myerson

The U.S. Invasion of Iraq: Strategic Consequences for Iran by Muhammad Sahimi

Dances of Resistance from Iraq to Palestine by Bilal Ahmed

I also contributed a piece examining the deterioration of women’s rights under the US-backed post-invasion Iraqi government (spoiler alert: The US-backed regime makes Saddam Hussein look like a feminist!).

Was Life for Iraqi Women Better Under Saddam? by Rania Khalek

And, in case your interested, I created a Storify showing the sickening attitudes publicly expressed by the architects of the Iraq War. Ten years on, these war criminals have no regrets and would do it again if given the opportunity.  Can you imagine any other scenario where a violent criminal could get away with mass murder and then brag about it to the national press?


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