Informed Comment

May 16th, 2004 – 7:43 pm
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If you’re interested in what’s going on in Iraq, or in the Middle East in general, you can’t do much better for news and analysis than Juan Cole’s Informed Comment weblog.

As an example, here are his comments on President Bush’s May 10th comments in support of Rumsfeld:

“Millions of Iraqis are grateful for the chance they have been given to live in freedom, a chance made possible by the courage and sacrifice of the United States military. “

Military occupation by a foreign power is not freedom, which is why a large majority of Iraqis wants the US military out right now. Being guinea pigs for pet Republican experiments like a flat tax or economic “shock therapy” and a fire sale on all Iraqi assets– no Iraqis think this is “freedom.” Everyone recognizes our debt to the brave men and women of the US military for bringing the genocidal Saddam regime to justice (however much we might debate whether there were better means to accomplish that goal than military action). But the policies of your administration in the aftermath have been a huge disaster, and it is wrong of you now to wrap yourself in their uniforms and make them share the blame for poor civilian leadership.

Since discovering Cole’s site a few weeks ago (after seeing it mentioned over and over on various weblogs I read), I’ve definitely gained more insight into the real political situation in Iraq, as opposed to the good versus evil version most of the major American news outlets are pushing. It’s well worth a read, and it’s also worth adding his feed to your newsreader or LJ “friends” list.

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