Michael Schwartz

Memorial Day for Iraqis


Michael Schwartz, Professor Sociology at Stony Brook University and author of the new book War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, discusses his latest TomDispatch article, “River of Resistance,” the true scale of the destruction of Iraq, various studies of Iraqi casualties, direct responsibility of the U.S. military for the majority of the hundreds of thousands of violent Iraqi deaths since 2003, the plight of the refugees and the dire poverty of many of those who remain, the West Bank-ization of Baghdad with life-strangling concrete walls, various past neocon fantasies about the position the Empire would be in by now, the complete destruction of the Iraqi economy by Viceroy Bremer and his edicts, the wreaking of the empire over the backs of the people of Iraq, the abuse of the term “free market” by American imperialists and leftists who oppose them and the responsibility of the major media in America for denying the humanity of those our government murders.

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Michael Schwartz, Professor Sociology at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on popular protest and insurgency. His analysis of America’s Iraq War have appeared regularly at Tomdispatch.com, as well as the Asia Times, Mother Jones, and Contexts. His forthcoming Tomdispatch book, War Without End: The Iraq War in Context explores how the militarized geopolitics of oil led the U.S. to dismantle the Iraqi state and economy while fueling a sectarian civil war.

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  1. Great comments. Every American needs to remember that there should be no memorial for soldiers who fight for American empire.

  2. People donate to antiwar.com so they can keep the radio station up and running.

    Just like Vietnam the point of war is not to win but to prolong. Perpetual conflict means perpetual profit. Not profit for the US in general who loses out but profit for the Multi-national industries in the Military Industrial complex (mostly security, energy, drugs, aero-space, construction, and pointless pork aka 100 thouand dollar to wash clothes etc)

    War is not over a particular resouces like back in the day when people fought over gold, opium, indigo, etc. Today War is the resource, its about positioning forces for the next targets to wipe economic and military power rivals. Read the DPG by Wolfowitz and Libby. The point is unchallenged dominace and each war gets used to consolidate wealth into the MIC and strip away liberties so that the elite may rule with impunity as globalize corporate oligarchs.

    There is nothing “free market” about no-bid contracts. Each of these businesses are extentions of government. It’s the basic transfer of wealth from the people through the state and into the state’s hand picked corporations who are in real terms just part of the state, as the same individuals in the government awarding the money work for or later go to work for the same corporations they gave it to.

    A better term is socialism for the rich. However socialism normally deals with non-business that is a school does not make ap roduct it makes no money so its needs to be paid for by a state or by tuitions. But business that sell products should make money on the market that way and not by contracts from the state, subsidies from the state or bail outs from the Fed. What we have here is straight up communist only the state does not own private property but that is coming soon trust me. We are facing hyper inflation (11%) and a foreclosure boom.

    I htink a woman that really bastradized the term free market was Naomi K. Who wrote a book called shock doctrine which confused the “Chicago boys” (aka the Neocons which the British call Neo-Liberals) with free market capitalism just because they were in the same city as Freeman. The Corpotocracy and Bernes-capitalism that came from the Straussian school of thought is a hey penny worth of differents from the old Nobles and commoners ictadari system of feudalism. There is nothing free market about it. Its not free or fair trade for example to lift teriffs when you have one side producing goods which are subsidized by the government and the other side is not. That is what NAFTA is. So naturally the state sponsored side gains a monopoly on things like food etc because they have bottomless pockets. After that they destoy labor pools and so on. Nothing free market about over pricing contracts to do work somewhere with the aim of driving them into debt, yet with work that can’t befused because they’ve been bombed back into the stone age. Im glad you guys talk about the abuse of the word free market thanks.

    They even have aims to dominate space. Sounds crazy because these people are crazy. We have a governemtn od total psychopaths. They lied about the war in Iraq for profit and for insane religious beliefs about Israel etc. That means someone sat down and decided how many lives for how many dollars. The Bremer plan which was really the Feith plan was designed to fuck up Iraq on purpose. That was the goal read Oded Yinon. http://www.rys2sense.com/anti-neocons/viewtopic.php?t=9538

    1982 Oded Yinon Israeli plan for Iraq.
    “Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon. In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi’ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. It is possible that the present Iranian-Iraqi confrontation will deepen this polarization.”

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