Patrick Cockburn

Keeping Iraq


Patrick Cockburn discusses his recent articles about how the U.S. is blackmailing Iraq to submit to permanent enslavement with 58 military bases and U.S. soldier immunity, how the Iranian influenced factions will respond to this treaty, Iraq’s history of foreign occupation by the British eighty years ago, the sectarian destabilization caused by all occupations, the free-flow of arms in Iraq caused not by the Iranian government but by free-market economics, and the inevitable blowback from immoral invasions and occupations.

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. He is the author of, his memoir, The Broken Boy (Jonathan Cape, 2005), and with Andrew Cockburn, Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession (Verso, The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq (Verso, 2006) and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq.

6 thoughts on “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. Great stuff as always. Have there been any good documentaries on the plight of the refugees who have fled their homes in Iraq or the recent conditions within Gaza?

    Peace be with you.

  2. This is why there never was an exit strategy; the Israel-First neo-con scum and their greedy war-profiteering allies never intended to leave..they always wanted to turn Iraq into an arabic version of Puerto Rico-only much more raped and occupied.

  3. “the presence of (American) military bases is an affront to the Iraqi people…”
    No s***, Sherlock.

    We might pose the question: what Iraqi people? The USG, for all practical purposes, has destroyed the Iraqi society along with killing 100’s of thousands of people and displacing millions more. An accident? You figure it out. Go ask some American Indians.

    It is a credit to those who have survived the American onslaught of the last 5.5 years that they still have the will to resist the occupation.

    These so-called “Antiwar” people are dimwits who are using the Iraq & Afghanistan wars to advance their agenda and make a living so that they do not have to get real jobs. These people are all talk and no action… The USG will shoot you death and the people will talk you to…

    Figure it out, they are a lightning rod for antiwar sentiment… nothing more. They keep everyone yapping and tapping while the US war machine keeps keeping on. Keep giving them your $$$ but do not expect much to change.

    Read the Arthur Silber article. Americans are willfully ignorant and brainwashed to the realities of war and it is doubtful that enough of them will ever wake up and resist the state. Welcome to 1984.

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