Dahr Jamail


Dahr Jamail, author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses the nostalgia many Iraqi women have for the (relative) gender and religious tolerance in the Saddam Hussein era, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s firm grip on power despite the low functionality of Iraq’s government, loopholes in the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement that could extend the occupation beyond 2011 and the disastrous results of the US invasion of Iraq so far.

MP3 here. (26:22)

Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist and author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight In Iraq and Afghanistan. His Mideast dispatches can be found at his website, Alternet.org and Antiwar.com.

6 thoughts on “Dahr Jamail”

  1. Those who think American heroes are an extinct breed would need look no further than to some of this program's recent guests to see their despair redeemed. Dahr Jamail, Ron Paul, Cole Miller. Without these people there would be no hope at all. The same goes for Scott Horton. Way to go!

  2. Sad to say I believe you . Both the Shaw of Iran and Saddam Hussien of Iraq were progressive islamic rulers .W omen and minorities like christians and Jews fared much better under them . But the US government had a democracy dream , The US governments dreams have turned into a islamic night mare in both countries . Even in Egypt and Palestine we thought differant than the voters . We strengthened the muslim brotherhood and Hamas by promoting democracy . by the way these are both terrorist organizations that are very much opposed to our ideas .

    1. What … I couldn't believe it when Scott went all sarcastic on Saddam having been a religious islamist oppressive mullah figure. I mean I couldn't believe that there might be people who are so disconnected from reality that they could think that could have been the case …

  3. I hope the people of Iraq appreciate the benefits of Truth, Justice, and The American Way–a devastated country, countless dead and displaced, a corrupt Maliki government.

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