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1. “I resolutely refuse to believe that the state of Edward's health had anything to do with this, and I don't say this only because I was once later accused of attacking him 'on his deathbed.' He was entirely lucid to the end, and the positions he took were easily recognizable by me as extensions or outgrowths of views he had expressed (and also declined to express) in the past. Alas, it is true that he was closer to the end than anybody knew when the thirtieth anniversary reissue of his Orientalism was published, but his long-precarious condition would hardly argue for giving him a lenient review, let alone denying him one altogether, which would have been the only alternatives. In the introduction he wrote for the new edition, he generally declined the opportunity to answer his scholarly critics, and instead gave the recent American arrival in Baghdad as a grand example of 'Orientalism' in action. The looting and destruction of the exhibits in the Iraq National Museum had, he wrote, been a deliberate piece of United States vandalism, perpetrated in order to shear the Iraqi people of their cultural patrimony and demonstrate to them their new servitude. Even at a time when anything at all could be said and believed so long as it was sufficiently and hysterically anti-Bush, this could be described as exceptionally mendacious. So when the Atlantic invited me to review Edward's revised edition, I decided I'd suspect myself more if I declined than if I agreed, and I wrote what I felt I had to.Not long afterward, an Iraqi comrade sent me without comment an article Edward had contributed to a magazine in London that was published by a princeling of the Saudi royal family. In it, Edward quoted some sentences about the Iraq war that he off-handedly described as 'racist.' The sentences in question had been written by me. I felt myself assailed by a reaction that was at once hot-eyed and frigidly cold. He had cited the words without naming their author, and this I briefly thought could be construed as a friendly hesitance. Or as cowardice... I can never quite act the stern role of Mr. Darcy with any conviction, but privately I sometimes resolve that that's 'it' as it were. I didn't say anything to Edward but then, I never said anything to him again, either. I believe that one or two charges simply must retain their face value and not become debauched or devalued. 'Racist' is one such. It is an accusation that must either be made good upon, or fully retracted. I would not have as a friend somebody whom I suspected of that prejudice, and I decided to presume that Edward was honest and serious enough to feel the same way. I feel misery stealing over me again as I set this down: I wrote the best tribute I could manage when he died not long afterward (and there was no strain in that, as I was relieved to find), but I didn't go to, and wasn't invited to, his funeral.”

Tags : Baghdad Cowardice Edward Said Fitzwilliam Darcy George W Bush House Of Saud Imperialism Iraq Iraq War Iraqis Jane Austen London Mendacity National Museum Of Iraq Orientalism Book Prejudice Pride And Prejudice Race Card The Atlantic United States Vandalism
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

2. “For millenia migrating birds have filled the skies, heading south in search ofwarmer climes and richer pickings. Conversely, these days, droves of our fellow beings struggle northbound against all odds, seeking safety and a better life. The key difference ? This vast exodus of human traffic moves in one direction only. A testimony to failed foreign policy and disastrous military intervention that may have sown the seeds of European disintegration.”

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Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

3. “As a Nobel Peace laureate, I, like most people, agonize over the use of force. But when it comes to rescuing an innocent people from tyranny or genocide, I've never questioned the justification for resorting to force. That's why I supported Vietnam's 1978 invasion of Cambodia, which ended Pol Pot's regime, and Tanzania's invasion of Uganda in 1979, to oust Idi Amin. In both cases, those countries acted without U.N. or international approval—and in both cases they were right to do so.”

Tags : 1978 2004 Cambodia Cambodian Vietnamese War Genocide Idi Amin International Law Iraq Iraq War Khmer Rouge Nobel Peace Prize Pacifism Peace Pol Pot Tanzania Tyranny Uganda Uganda Tanzania War United Nations United States Vietnam War
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

4. “First Afghanistan, now Iraq. So who's next? Syria? North Korea? Iran? Where will it all end?' If these illegal interventions are permitted to continue, the implication seems to be, pretty soon, horror of horrors, no murderously repressive regimes might remain.”

Tags : Afghanistan Antiwar Movement Axis Of Evil Despotism Foreign Policy Foreign Policy Of The Us Interventionism Iran Iraq Iraq War North Korea Repression Syria War War In Afghanistan 2001 Present
Author : Daniel Kofman
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

5. “One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. ”

Tags : Dumb Iraq Iraq War Terrorism War

6. “The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.”

Tags : Iraq War Perspective Terrorism War War On Terror Wmd
Author : Noam Chomsky

7. “September 11, 2001: Citizens of the U.S., besieged by terror’s sting,rose up, weeping glory, as if on eagles’ wings.--from the poem Angel of Remembrance: Candles for September 11, 2001”

Tags : Angel Poetry Angels Iraq War National History Day Peace Movement September 11 Attacks Terrorism War In Afghanistan 2001 World Trade Center
Author : Aberjhani
Source : The River of Winged Dreams

8. “If the Bahreini royal family can have an embassy, a state, and a seat at the UN, why should the twenty-five million Kurds not have a claim to autonomy? The alleviation of their suffering and the assertion of their self-government is one of the few unarguable benefits of regime change in Iraq. It is not a position from which any moral retreat would be allowable.”

Tags : Al Khalifa Family Autonomy Bahrain Iraq Iraq War Kurdish People Kurdistan Morality Royalty Statehood
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

9. “As he grew older, which was mostly in my absence, my firstborn son, Alexander, became ever more humorous and courageous. There came a time, as the confrontation with the enemies of our civilization became more acute, when he sent off various applications to enlist in the armed forces. I didn't want to be involved in this decision either way, especially since I was being regularly taunted for not having 'sent' any of my children to fight in the wars of resistance that I supported. (As if I could 'send' anybody, let alone a grown-up and tough and smart young man: what moral imbeciles the 'anti-war' people have become.)”

Tags : Antiwar Civilisation Courage Enemies Fathers Humour Iraq Iraq War Morality Resistance Sons War War On Terror
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

10. “Religion is the most powerful entity on earth. A phenomenon that has conscripted millions to give or sacrifice their lives without so much as a minuscule query about their chosen beliefs or particular ideology. And today thousands of years on despite the huge advent, discovery and the advance of science forensic or otherwise, millions are still prepared and equipped to fall or kill in the name of their God, their Holy Scriptures, their messengers, their prophets and their faith’.”

Tags : 9 11 Bible Christianity Crusade Crusades Cult Cults Faith God Holy Spirit Iraq War Islam Islamic Terrorism Israel Judaism Muhammad Muslim Palestine Pope Benedict Xvi Quran Religion Syria Taliban Torah
Author : Cal Sarwar

11. “So, whenever the subject of Iraq came up, as it did keep on doing through the Clinton years, I had no excuse for not knowing the following things: I knew that its one-party, one-leader state machine was modeled on the precedents of both National Socialism and Stalinism, to say nothing of Al Capone. I knew that its police force was searching for psychopathic killers and sadistic serial murderers, not in order to arrest them but to employ them. I knew that its vast patrimony of oil wealth, far from being 'nationalized,' had been privatized for the use of one family, and was being squandered on hideous ostentation at home and militarism abroad. (Post-Kuwait inspections by the United Nations had uncovered a huge nuclear-reactor site that had not even been known about by the international community.) I had seen with my own eyes the evidence of a serious breach of the Genocide Convention on Iraqi soil, and I had also seen with my own eyes the evidence that it had been carried out in part with the use of weapons of mass destruction. I was, if you like, the prisoner of this knowledge. I certainly did not have the option of un-knowing it.”

Tags : Al Capone Ba Ath Party Ba Athist Iraq Bill Clinton Crime Family Fascism Genocide Genocide Convention Invasion Of Kuwait Iraq Iraq War Kuwait Militarism National Socialism Nationalisation Nuclear Reactor Technology Oil Privatisation Psychopaths Serial Killers Stalinism United Nations Wmd
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

12. “[T]hose who are in a position of strength have a responsibility to protect the weak.”

Tags : Humanitarianism Intervention Iraq Iraq War Liberalism
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

13. “The Muslim world in general, the Arab world in particular was confirmed in its grievances, particularly that the West was prepared to use its overwhelming military superiority to keep Muslims subordinate. 'Europe', the Europe of the Franco-German plan to create a federal union strong enough to stand on terms of equality with the United States as a world power, had been humiliated by the failure of its efforts to avert the war. Liberal opinion, dominant throughout the European media and academia, strong also in their American equivalents, was outraged by the spectacle of raw military force supplanting reason and legality as the means by which relations between states were ordered.Reality is an uncomfortable companion, particularly to people of good will. George H.W. Bush's proclamation of a new world order had persuaded too many in the West that the world's future could be managed within a legal framework, by discussion and conciliation. The warning uttered by his son that the United States was determined to bring other enemies of nuclear and regional stability to book - Iran, North Korea - was founded by his political opponents profoundly unsettling. The reality of the Iraq campaign of March - April 2003 is, however, a better guide to what needs to be done to secure the safety of our world than any amount of law-making or treaty-writing can offer.”

Tags : Iraq War Middle East Military History
Author : John Keegan
Source : The Iraq War: The Military Offensive, from Victory in 21 Days to the Insurgent Aftermath

14. “LostIn black as solid as a mireIn a land no one would die forIn a time I was lostTo anyone who ever loved meThe world set itself on fireAnd the sky collapsed above meIn a place no one could call homeIn a place I breathed and sleptIn a battle no one understoodThat continued all the sameI sat defenseless and aloneWith the insignificance of my nameIn the midst of the Lord’s birthOn a night meant to be peacefulIn a country of the ProphetWhere women don’t live freeI spoke to God from the shaking EarthAnd prayed my mother would forgive meIn a city without powerIn a desert torn by religionIn a bank between two riversWe added up the decade’s costAnd glorified the final hourOf a war that everyone had lostIn the dust of helplessnessIn a concrete bunkerIn a fate I chose myselfI waited without remorseTo fight again as recompenseFor wasted lives and discourse-an original poem about an attack on our base in Iraq during the Arab Spring”

Tags : Arab Spring Baghdad Dianna Skowera Iraq War Military History Military Quote Mortars War Poetry

15. “The desert is an unpredictable place. One day you're sweating, the next you're freezing. One moment the air is damp and cloudy like when the tide is coming in, the next the entire world is orange and dusty. The desert must be a woman.”

Tags : Army Humor Deployments Deserts Detainees Detention Dianna Skowera Intelligence Community Iraq War Military History Military Quote Prison Camps Veterans
Source : Of Those So Close Beside Me

16. “1945-1990 - Russophobia1990-2015 - Islamophobia2015- ?? - Russophobia AND Islamophobia. Isnt it time the MI Complex created a new bogey-man?”

Tags : East Europe Iraq War Is Isil Nato New World Order Syria Ukraine

17. “Such impulses have displayed themselves very widely across left and liberal opinion in recent months. Why? For some, because what the US government and its allies do, whatever they do, has to be opposed—and opposed however thuggish and benighted the forces which this threatens to put your anti-war critic into close company with. For some, because of an uncontrollable animus towards George Bush and his administration. For some, because of a one-eyed perspective on international legality and its relation to issues of international justice and morality. Whatever the case or the combination, it has produced a calamitous compromise of the core values of socialism, or liberalism or both, on the part of thousands of people who claim attachment to them. You have to go back to the apologias for, and fellow-travelling with, the crimes of Stalinism to find as shameful a moral failure of liberal and left opinion as in the wrong-headed—and too often, in the circumstances, sickeningly smug—opposition to the freeing of the Iraqi people from one of the foulest regimes on the planet.”

Tags : Anti Americanism Anti War Movement Ba Ath Party Ba Athism Ba Athist Iraq George W Bush International Law Iraq Iraq War Justice Law Leftism Liberalism Morality Nato Opposition To The Iraq War Pro War Left Saddam Hussein Socialism Stalinism United States
Author : Norman Geras
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

18. “Invisible violence in Pakistan, violence against brown people, ongoing violence in Iraq — that's got to be quantified in the same way as the cinematic glamorous violence that happens in recognisable cities.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Pakistan Political Commentary Politics Terrorism Trews War
Author : Russell Brand

19. “No one has yet demonstrated Iraq’s compliance with its disarmament obligations, nor has anyone ever accounted for its missing weapons stocks, much less disputed that they are missing. Nor has anyone conclusively explained why a nation under sanctions for failing to comply with its disarmament obligations was for twelve years incapable of documenting its supposed compliance after claiming to comply. And yet somehow, in a truly Orwellian inversion, the burden for finding Iraqi WMDs has become ours, not Iraq’s, to discharge.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Author : Irfan Khawaja

20. “There is a noticeable element of the pathological in some current leftist critiques, which I tend to attribute to feelings of guilt allied to feelings of impotence. Not an attractive combination, because it results in self-hatred.”

Tags : Antiwar Movement Guilt Impotence Iraq War Leftism Pathology Psychology Self Hatred War On Terror
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

21. “I have been taunted on various platforms recently for becoming a neo-conservative, and have been the object of some fascinating web-site and blog stuff, from the isolationist Right as well as from the peaceniks, who both argue in a semi-literate way that neo-conservativism is Trotskyism and 'permanent revolution' reborn.Sometimes, you have to comb an overt anti-Semitism out of this propaganda before you can even read it straight. And I can guarantee you that none of these characters has any idea at all of what the theory of 'permanent revolution' originally meant.”

Tags : Antisemitism Blogosphere Internet Iraq War Isolationism Neoconservatism Peace Movement Permanent Revolution Politics Propaganda Right Wing Politics Trotskyism Us Non Interventionism War On Terror
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

22. “Nothing—not even the US Army—more threatens the future of a democratic, pluralistic and (dare we wish, secular) Iraq than the political ascendancy of Islamic fascists like Al Sadr.”

Tags : Democracy Fascism Iraq Iraq War Islam Islamism Mahdi Army Muqtada Al Sadr Pluralism Politics Secularism United States United States Army War
Author : Marc Cooper

23. “Some lurid things have been said about me—that I am a racist, a hopeless alcoholic, a closet homosexual and so forth—that I leave to others to decide the truth of. I'd only point out, though, that if true these accusations must also have been true when I was still on the correct side, and that such shocking deformities didn't seem to count for so much then. Arguing with the Stalinist mentality for more than three decades now, and doing a bit of soapboxing and street-corner speaking on and off, has meant that it takes quite a lot to hurt my tender feelings, or bruise my milk-white skin.”

Tags : Ad Hominem Alcoholism Alexander Cockburn Closeted Edward Said Homosexuality Insults Iraq War Racism Stalinism War On Terror
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

24. “Michael Ledeen—a contributing editor of National Review and a Freedom Scholar at the influential neoconservative think tank American Enterprise Institute—wrote on the National Review blog in November 2006: 'I had and have no involvement with our Iraq policy'. I opposed the military invasion of Iraq before it took place.'Ledeen, however, wrote in August 2002 of 'the desperately-needed and long overdue war against Saddam Hussein' and when he was interviewed for Front Page Magazine the same month and asked, 'Okay, well if we are all so certain about the dire need to invade Iraq, then when do we do so?' Ledeen replied: 'Yesterday.' There is obvious, substantial risk in falsely claiming that one opposed the Iraq War notwithstanding a public record of support. But that war has come to be viewed as such a profound failure that that risk, at least in the eyes of some, is outweighed by the prospect of being associated with Bush's invasion.”

Tags : 2002 2003 Invasion Of Iraq 2006 American Enterprise Institute Anti War Movement Cowardice Foreign Policy Frontpage Magazine Hypocrisy Iraq Iraq War Michael Ledeen National Review Neoconservatism Opposition To The Iraq War Politics Revisionism Saddam Hussein War
Source : A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

25. “Yet isn't it all—all of it, every single episode and detail of the Clinton saga—exactly like that? And isn't some of it a little bit more serious? For Sen. Clinton, something is true if it validates the myth of her striving and her 'greatness' (her overweening ambition in other words) and only ceases to be true when it no longer serves that limitless purpose. And we are all supposed to applaud the skill and the bare-faced bravado with which this is done. In the New Hampshire primary in 1992, she knowingly lied about her husband's uncontainable sex life and put him eternally in her debt. This is now thought of, and referred to in print, purely as a smart move on her part. In the Iowa caucuses of 2008, he returns the favor by telling a huge lie about his own record on the war in Iraq, falsely asserting that he was opposed to the intervention from the very start. This is thought of, and referred to in print, as purely a tactical mistake on his part: trying too hard to help the spouse. The happy couple has now united on an equally mendacious account of what they thought about Iraq and when they thought it. What would it take to break this cheap little spell and make us wake up and inquire what on earth we are doing when we make the Clinton family drama—yet again—a central part of our own politics?”

Tags : 1992 2008 Ambition Bill Clinton Expediency Greatness Hillary Clinton Iowa Iowa Caucuses Iraq Iraq War Lies New Hampshire New Hampshire Primary Politics Self Promotion Sex United States United States Elections 2008

26. “In our towns and cities they will continue to be born, in our communities they will go on to be nurtured & radicalised & from within our neighbourhoods they will terrorise & murder our citizens including women & children in their attempt to destroy the very fabric & order of our civilised society. They are influenced by our ignorance, our lack of knowledge is their power, martyrdom in the name of their God and prophet is their aspiration & so it is critical that we waste no time & learn more about them & this ideology they follow before we can even begin to eradicate this chilling & growing endemic Islamic faith based terrorism’.”

Tags : 9 11 Al Qaeda British People Christianity Faith Iraq War Isis Islam Islamic Terrorism Jihad Judaism Police Religion Syria Taliban Terrorism
Author : Cal Sarwar

27. “Indifferent to truth, willing to use police-state tactics and vulgar libels against inconvenient witnesses, hopeless on health care, and flippant and fast and loose with national security: The case against Hillary Clinton for president is open-and-shut. Of course, against all these considerations you might prefer the newly fashionable and more media-weighty notion that if you don't show her enough appreciation, and after all she's done for us, she may cry.”

Tags : 2008 Clinton Health Care Plan Of 1993 Crying Health Care Health Care In The United States Hillary Clinton Iraq War Libel National Security Police State Politics United States United States Elections 2008

28. “During the Senate debate on the intervention in Iraq, Sen. Clinton made considerable use of her background and 'experience' to argue that, yes, Saddam Hussein was indeed a threat. She did not argue so much from the position adopted by the Bush administration as she emphasized the stand taken, by both her husband and Al Gore, when they were in office, to the effect that another and final confrontation with the Baathist regime was more or less inevitable. Now, it does not especially matter whether you agree or agreed with her about this (as I, for once, do and did). What does matter is that she has since altered her position and attempted, with her husband’s help, to make people forget that she ever held it. And this, on a grave matter of national honor and security, merely to influence her short-term standing in the Iowa caucuses. Surely that on its own should be sufficient to disqualify her from consideration?”

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29. “The fact that war is the word we use for almost everything—on terrorism, drugs, even poverty—has certainly helped to desensitize us to its invocation; if we wage wars on everything, how bad can they be?”

Tags : Drugs Iraq War Poverty Terrorism United States War War On Drugs War On Poverty War On Terror
Source : A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

30. “The 'pre-emption' versus 'prevention' debate may be a distinction without much difference. The important thing is to have it understood that the United States is absolutely serious. The jihadists have in the past bragged that America is too feeble and corrupt to fight. A lot is involved in disproving that delusion on their part.”

Tags : Bush Doctrine Debate Delusion Iraq War Islam Islamic Terrorism Jihad Preemptive War Preventive War United States War War On Terror
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

31. “George Bush made a mistake when he referred to the Saddam Hussein regime as 'evil.' Every liberal and leftist knows how to titter at such black-and-white moral absolutism. What the president should have done, in the unlikely event that he wanted the support of America's peace-mongers, was to describe a confrontation with Saddam as the 'lesser evil.' This is a term the Left can appreciate. Indeed, 'lesser evil' is part of the essential tactical rhetoric of today's Left, and has been deployed to excuse or overlook the sins of liberal Democrats, from President Clinton's bombing of Sudan to Madeleine Albright's veto of an international rescue for Rwanda when she was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Among those longing for nuance, moral relativism—the willingness to use the term evil, when combined with a willingness to make accommodations with it—is the smart thing: so much more sophisticated than 'cowboy' language.”

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Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

32. “the biggest damage to the Baghdad Zoo had not been done in battle, fierce as it had been. It was the looters. They had killed or kidnapped anything edible and ransacked everything else. Even the lamp poles had been unbolted, tipped over, and their copper wiring wrenched out like multicolored spaghetti. As we drove past, we could see groups of looters still at it, scavenging like colonies of manic ants.”

Tags : Animal Welfare Iraq War Looters Reconstruction War
Source : Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

33. “Thomas Jefferson once said: 'Of course the people don't want war. But the people can be brought to the bidding of their leader. All you have to do is tell them they're being attacked and denounce the pacifists for somehow a lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.' I think that was Jefferson. Oh wait. That was Hermann Goering. Shoot."[Hosting the Peabody Awards for broadcasting excellence at the New York Waldorf-Astoria, June 6, 2006]”

Tags : Indoctrination Iraq War Jefferson Misquote War
Author : Jon Stewart

34. “I am sorry for those who have never had the experience of seeing the victory of a national liberation movement, and I feel cold contempt for those who jeer at it.”

Tags : 2003 Invasion Of Iraq Antiwar Iraq Iraq War Liberation Liberty
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

35. “Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.”

Tags : Al Anfal Campaign Genocide International Law Iraq Iraq War Kurdish Genocide Law Moral Responsibility Morality Responsibility To Protect Saddam Hussein
Author : Ann Clwyd
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

36. “Some peaceniks clear their throats by saying that, of course, they oppose Saddam Hussein as much as anybody, though not enough to support doing anything about him.”

Tags : Antiwar Movement Interventionism Iraq Iraq War Saddam Hussein
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

37. “You might think that the Left could have a regime-change perspective of its own, based on solidarity with its comrades abroad. After all, Saddam's ruling Ba'ath Party consolidated its power by first destroying the Iraqi communist and labor movements, and then turning on the Kurds (whose cause, historically, has been one of the main priorities of the Left in the Middle East). When I first became a socialist, the imperative of international solidarity was the essential if not the defining thing, whether the cause was popular or risky or not. I haven't seen an anti-war meeting all this year at which you could even guess at the existence of the Iraqi and Kurdish opposition to Saddam, an opposition that was fighting for 'regime change' when both Republicans and Democrats were fawning over Baghdad as a profitable client and geopolitical ally. Not only does the 'peace' movement ignore the anti-Saddam civilian opposition, it sends missions to console the Ba'athists in their isolation, and speaks of the invader of Kuwait and Iran and the butcher of Kurdistan as if he were the victim and George W. Bush the aggressor.”

Tags : Al Anfal Campaign Anti War Ba Ath Party Baghdad Communism Democratic Party United States George W Bush Invasion Of Kuwait Iran Iraq War Iraq Iraq War Iraqi Communist Party Iraqi Kurdistan Kurdish People Kuwait Labour Movement Leftism Middle East Opposition To The Iraq War Peace Movement Republican Party United States Saddam Hussein Socialism
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

38. “A president who is burdened with a failed and unpopular war, and who has lost the trust of the country, simply can no longer govern. He is destined to become as much a failure as his war.”

Tags : George W Bush Governance Iraq War Lyndon B Johnson Politics United States Vietnam War War
Source : A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

39. “Some say that because the United States was wrong before, it cannot possibly be right now, or has not the right to be right. (The British Empire sent a fleet to Africa and the Caribbean to maintain the slave trade while the very same empire later sent another fleet to enforce abolition. I would not have opposed the second policy because of my objections to the first; rather it seems to me that the second policy was morally necessitated by its predecessor.)”

Tags : Abolition Africa American Imperialism Anti Americanism Britain British Empire Caribbean Imperialism Iraq War Morality Politics Slave Trade United States
Source : A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq

40. “I think you can be an enemy of Saddam Hussein even if Donald Rumsfeld is also an enemy of Saddam Hussein.”

Tags : Donald Rumsfeld Iraq Iraq War Saddam Hussein War
Author : Adam Michnik

41. “Saddam's politics was the politics of the thug, of violence from the outset of his reign. Realism suggests that some people are not going to be tractable in response to purely peaceable overtures. Indeed, it certainly appears that some individuals, including notably Saddam Hussein, will cheerfully help themselves to a yard for every inch offered by well-meaning peacemakers. When we are dealing with customers as tough as that, there is no alternative to being tough ourselves.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Liberal Hawk Pacifism Peace Politics Realism Saddam Hussein Thuggery War
Author : Jan Narveson
Source : A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

42. “I believed removing Saddam from power was the right thing to do at the time, and I was also motivated by 9/11. Weapons of mass destruction or not, Saddam had murdered and displaced millions of his own countrymen and was funding suicidal terror operations against the state of Israel…”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Saddam Hussein
Source : From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

43. “It smelled like a slaughterhouse. I was standing in the interrogation room of Saddam Hussein's Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. A stench of blood and death permeated my senses, my clothes, my being.”

Tags : Abu Ghraib Baghdad Iraq War Saddam Hussein
Source : From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

44. “I just didn't believe Bush.”

Tags : George W Bush Iraq War Operation Red Dawn

45. “It struck me that such analyses had it backward. It’s the American public for whom the Iraq War is often no more real than a video game. Five years into this war, I am not always confident most Americans fully appreciate the caliber of the people fighting for them, the sacrifices they have made, and the sacrifices they continue to make. After the Vietnam War ended, the onus of shame largely fell on the veterans. This time around, if shame is to be had when the Iraq conflict ends - and all indications are there will be plenty of it - the veterans are the last people in America to deserve it. When it comes to apportioning shame my vote goes to the American people who sent them to war in a surge of emotion but quickly lost the will to either win it or end it. The young troops I profiled in Generation Kill, as well as the other men and women in uniform I’ve encountered in combat zones throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, are among the finest people of their generation. We misuse them at our own peril.”

Tags : Inspirational Iraq War War
Author : Evan Wright
Source : Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War

46. “The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but a press that—whether from fear, careerism, or conviction—uncritically recites false government claims and reports them as fact, or treats elected officials with a reverence reserved for royalty, cannot be accurately described as engaged in any other function.”

Tags : Careerism Fear Iraq War Journalism Lies Media Media Of The United States Propaganda United States
Source : A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency

47. “In a place of extreme violence and devoid of order, the practical subsumes the principle. I drifted down the path of bribery and corruption endemic to the streets of Baghdad”

Tags : Father Of Money Iraq War Jason Whiteley
Source : Father of Money: Buying Peace in Baghdad

48. “Revolution from above, in some states and cases, is [...] often preferable to the status quo, or to no revolution at all.”

Tags : Conservatism Iraq War Neoconservatism Politics Revolution
Source : Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

49. “My point here is not that the Iraq War was a bad idea in the first place (though it certainly was). My point is that this cynical, foolish, arguably illegal war might still have come right in the end—if only we had tried a little less hard to fix everything that struck us as broken.”

Tags : Illegal Iraq War
Author : Rosa Brooks
Source : How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

50. “She smoothes the front of the dress, looking down at her hands, at her bitten fingernails, at her big feet in the pointy-toes shoes. This is a woman's dress, she thinks, a young woman's dress. It is not a girl's dress. It is solidly on the other side of the line outside of girlhood. It is a dress that says something big in a very quiet way; it is a dress that is talking to Alice right now, a dress that is making her feel possibilities never before considered, the possibility of perfume and pretty and dancing and boys. This dress is who she might be, only more so.”

Tags : Alice Bliss Coming Of Age Father Daughter Fiction Iraq War
Source : Alice Bliss

51. “A few days later, Tuesday quietly crossed our apartment as I read a book and, after a nudge against my arm, put his head on my lap. As always, I immediately checked my mental state, trying to assess what was wrong. I knew a change in my biorhythms had brought Tuesday over, because he was always monitoring me, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Breathing? Okay. Pulse? Normal. Was I glazed or distracted? Was I lost in Iraq? Was a dark period descending? I didn't think so, but I knew something must be wrong, and I was starting to worry...until I looked into Tuesday's eyes. They were staring at me softly from under those big eyebrows, and there was nothing in them but love.”

Tags : Bond Dog Dog Lover Dogs Loyalty Iraq Iraq War Love Ptsd Tbi True Love Tuesday Warrior Wounded Wounded Veterans
Source : Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

52. “Just as police and fire sirens reminded New Yorkers they were home, the sound of car bombs reminded me I was in Baghdad, which had become home for me. I was like a battered wife who can’t leave the man abusing her. I had moved into stage four and assumed, as a matter of math, that I was going to die in Baghdad. But still I wanted to stay.”

Tags : Iraq War Journalist Ptsd
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

53. “Ensuring that our home planet is healthy and life sustaining is an overwhelming priority that undercuts all other human activities. The ship must first float. Our failure to grasp these fundamental tenants of existence will be our undoing. And one thing is for certain. No calvary is going to come charging to our rescue. We are going to have to rescue ourselves or die trying. Workable solutions are urgently needed. Saving seals and tigers or fighting yet another oil pipeline through a wilderness area, while laudable, is merely shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. The real issue is our elementary accord with Earth and the plant and animal kingdoms has to be revitalized and re-understood.The burning question is, How?”

Tags : Animals Earth Citizen Iraq Iraq War Memoir War Wildlife Zoos
Source : Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo

54. “Iraq had forced massive changes to the Army's equipment, training, and strategy. But the most important legacy of the war had been cultural. The war had upended most of the service's basic assumption about how it should fight, undermining the Powell Doctrine with its emphasis on short, intense wars not replacing it with anything nearly so straightforward. Chiarelli wasn't sure he could predict what the next war would look like. But he knew what kind of officers would be needed. He wanted an officer corps that argued, debated, and took intellectual risks. Even that laudable goal was far from accepted within the Army.”

Tags : Army Generals Iraq War
Author : David Cloud
Source : The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

55. “Each day had the same bloody rhythm: mortars at dawn, car bombs by 11: 00 a.m., drive-by shootings before tea, and mortars again at dusk. At night the death squads went to work.”

Tags : Iraq War War Correspondent War Zone
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

56. “My personal position on counterinsurgency in general, and on Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, could therefore be summarized as "Never again, but..." That is, we should avoid any future large-scale, unilateral military intervention in the Islamic world, for all the reasons already discussed. But, recognizing that while our conventional war-fighting superiority endures, any sensible enemy will choose to fight us in this manner, we should hold on to the knowledge and corporate memory so painfully acquired, across all the agencies of all the Coalition partners, in Afghanistan and Iraq. And should we find ourselves (by error or necessity) in a similar position once again, then the best practices we have rediscovered in current campaigns represent an effective approach: effective, but not recommended.”

Tags : Afghanistan War Counter Insurgency Iraq War
Source : The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One

57. “He begins to sing to her, very softly, almost not singing at all, just a whisper of a tune. He spins out the tune like it is a tale he is telling her, until he feels her body relax, until he feels her falling into sleep. He sings to let her know he’s there, to stay anchored to the earth, to keep from laughing or crying in amazement that he is lying with Alice in his arms, he sings as if music could keep her alive, as if music could feed her soul, as if music could weave a protective spell around her to survive these days and these weeks and these months and these years, he sings as if he could give her a piece of himself, which will ring inside of her like a bell, like a promise, like hope whenever she needs him; and in his singing, he promises her every single thing he can think of, and more.”

Tags : Alice Bliss Coming Of Age Father Daughter Iraq War Young Love
Source : Alice Bliss

58. “The Iraqi sun quickly heated the air to an unbearable onehundred twenty three degree’s, causing an unquenchable thirst toboil up in him. Thomas then dropped his rifle under his right arm,where it hung beneath his pit by a strap called a fast sling, there theweapon dangled under his sweat soaked uniform.”

Tags : Action Drama Iraq War Middle East Conflict War
Source : Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington

59. “These days, I no longer believe there ever are truly good guys or bad guys in war, at least in the Middle East. They’re generally shades of gray. But that doesn’t translate well on television. It was too complicated. Too remote.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Middle East Middle East Conflict
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

60. “The bombing started up again, with explosions all around us, in broad daylight, but no one in the restaurant even flinched. Iraqis seemed numb after a quarter century under Saddam’s whip-hand rule. It was heartbreaking to see what a harsh dictatorship can do to the human soul. In less than a week, I had grown almost inured to explosions and fires.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War War Correspondent
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

61. “From seven hundred journalists at the beginning of March, the number had dwindled to about one hundred and fifty—print reporters, TV correspondents, photographers, cameramen, and support personnel. At the press center I encountered Kazem, who only a week before I had asked for help with my visa. “Why are you staying when everyone else is leaving?” he asked. I took a chance and replied in Arabic. Some journalists, I said, are as samid as the Iraqi people. Samid means “steadfast” and “brave” and is the adjective most often used by Iraqis to describe themselves. Kazem laughed and threw his arm around my shoulder.”

Tags : Iraq Iraq War Journalism War Correspondent
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

62. “I may have been in stage four, but I wasn’t completely crazy. At least eighty-six journalists had been killed in Iraq, more than in any other conflict since World War II, and another thirty-eight had been taken hostage. More would die in the years to come. I knew I had to limit my movements and take special care when I did go out.”

Tags : Iraq War Journalism War Correspondent
Author : Richard Engel
Source : And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East

63. “An infantryman’s job is to deliver his enemies into the waiting hands of Death. It is Doc’s job to protect his brothers from Death, to knock him aside and say, “Not today.”

Tags : Afghanistan Army Corpsman Iraq War Medic Medicine Military
Author : Adam Fenner

64. “War is politics for everyone but the warrior.”

Tags : Afghanistan Iraq War Political Commentary Politics War War On Terror Warfare Warrior

65. “To my surprise, it was a place where my thoughts were the most lucid. I wasn’t bogged down in random trivial details or the luxury of time-consuming over-analysis. This place forced you to live because at any moment, life could be lost. Ramadi forced me to die unto myself.”

Tags : Death Iraq Iraq War Overanalysis Ramadi Triviality
Source : Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism

66. “We would send them all to hell! And hell they would go!”

Tags : Action Drama Iraq War Middle East Conflicts War
Source : Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington

67. “Waving from side to side in the breeze, her long golden hairshimmered as she handed Thomas a bottle of beer.“When are you coming home to me?” She said eloquently.”

Tags : Action Drama Iraq War Love Middle East Conflicts War
Source : Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington

68. “When we neared the orchard a flock of birds lit from its outer rows. They hadn't been there long. The branches shook with their absent weight and the birds circled above in the riddy mackerel sky, where they made an artless semaphore. I was afraid, I smelled copper and cheap wine. The sun was up, but a half-moon hung low on the opposite horizon, cutting through the morning sky like a figure from a child's pull-tab book.We were lined along the ditch up to our ankles in a soupy muck. It all seemed in that moment to be the conclusion of a poorly designed experiment in inevitability. Everything was in its proper place, waiting for a pause in time, for the source of all momentum to be stilled, so that what remained would be nothing more than detritus to be tallied up. The world was paper-thin as far as I could tell. And the world was the orchard, and the orchard was what came next. But none of that was true. I was only afraid of dying.”

Tags : Fear Fighting Iraq War Terror War
Author : Kevin Powers
Source : The Yellow Birds

69. “Ramadi’s sky was generously filled with stars. Celestial ornaments set against a banner of a deep blue velvet sky. It was a place where hell, death, and heaven were so clear and the closest I’ve felt to all three in my life.”

Tags : Death Heaven Hell Iraq Iraq War Ramadi
Source : Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism