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Iraq at 20

  • Issue 50
  • Summer 2023
When and where has there been a war since so-called public opinion has played a role in governmental calculations, in which each and every belligerent party did not, with a heavy heart, draw the sword from its sheath for the single and sole purpose of defending its fatherland and its own righteous cause from the shameful attacks of the enemy? This legend is as inextricably a part of the game of war as powder and lead.
— Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet, 1915

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“The United States sought to portray the entire resistance as led by al-Qaeda, but during the 2003 to 2005 period, it was a secondary actor to the nationalists.”


Daniel Finn

Yes, the Iraq War Was (Kinda) a War for Oil

In the immediate aftermath of the Iraq invasion, the US and British governments tried to launch a radical experiment in oil privatization. Iraqi trade unions spearheaded a brave campaign to thwart their plans.

“The country’s spiraling catastrophe was not brought about by an inept occupation but by the very fact of occupation itself.”

“They rediscover their principles at long last, only to be steamrolled by the cynics and sociopaths with whom they have thrown in their lot.”

“It was estimated that the KRG had lost more than $1.5 billion since oil exports to Turkey were stopped on March 25.”

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) each held $100,001–$250,000 in Honeywell investments in 2018.

“The reformers’ sweep is a mandate for those who want to return the UAW to its former outsize role.”