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Why do you care more about Israelis than you do Christians? Shouldn’t you also care about brothers and sisters? Your perversion of Scripture and your reckless pseudo theology are most plainly known by the fact that you never speak out on behalf of the truly persecuted. You, #AIPAC, are a shameful cult. Nothing more. Nothing less. Hey #AIPAC, Why Don’t You Care About Iraq’s Christians?

…Iraq was also a moral cesspit. Not only were we taken to war on false pretenses, it was clear that this was done in part for domestic political gain. The occupation was treated not as a solemn task on which the nation’s honor depended, but as an opportunity to reward cronies. And don’t forget the torture. The Iraq Stain

Our war in Iraq was fundamentally a war of choice, and it was the wrong choice — a war fought on false pretenses and for false purposes. The invasion was sold as a “cake-walk” and that our troops would be welcomed as “liberators.” The world will forever remember a flight jacket-clad George W. Bush standing under a banner that read, “Mission Accomplished!” on a U.S. aircraft carrier six weeks later. But this “cake-walk” became an occupation, with years of vicious and deadly street warfare, sectarian violence, constant terrorist bombings, and finally no real political solutions to unite the country. The Iraqi people are now bitterly divided. Huge parts of their country have been devastated, their conflicts internationalized, and a unified Iraq may never come back. Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option

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…Iraq under the former Iraqi government, before the occupation, was a livable country. It was one of the many Arab countries that had a dictatorship. Arabs have dictatorships all over the region so it wasn’t an exception. It was a run-of-the-mill dictatorship that was brutal in attacking and killing and torturing dissidents who opposed it. But as far as everyday life for millions of Iraqis, the standard of living was… okay. The country functioned. There were enough basic services provided to the people — education was free, health care was free. And the national identity was good enough to maintain the country’s territorial integrity. Raed Jarrar

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The disintegration of Iraq is irreversible. At best, the Kurds, the Shiites and the Sunnis will carve out antagonistic enclaves. At worst, there will be a protracted civil war. This is what we have bequeathed to Iraq. The spread of our military through the region has inflamed jihadists across the Arab world. The resulting conflicts will continue until we end our occupation of the Middle East. The callous slaughter we deliver is no different from the callous slaughter we receive. Our jihadists—George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Thomas Friedman and Tommy Franks—who assured us that swift and overwhelming force in Iraq would transform the Middle East into an American outpost of progress, are no less demented than the jihadists approaching Baghdad. These two groups of killers mirror each other. This is what we have spawned. And this is what we deserve. Chris Hedges

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The US intervention in Iraq officially started in 1991. And in some ways it has not stopped yet. This included a couple of wars, 13 years of really harsh economic sanctions, and as we all know, eight years of military occupation followed by a continuous intervention in Iraq’s domestic politics. Contrary to what many people here think, while the US ended its military occupation at the end of 2011, it never stopped interfering in Iraq’s business. The US continues to sell the Iraqi government billions of dollars worth of weapons, we have training programs for Iraqis, and of course we’re picking and choosing who to train and who to arm in a situation that’s extremely complicated. Raed Jarrar

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