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Creating people's geographies

The New American Century

Massimo Mazzucco’s The New American Century is a timely review of the last decade of corporate and israel-first neocon crimes in the fraudulent calling for and enactment of wars. Lest we forget, these are the same neocons that the Obama administration refuses to prosecute for their war crimes (and genocide) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are some chilling and enraging moments (see for example, the 68, 77 and 80 minute marks) which serve as reminders to us about the destruction of Iraqi museums and theft of priceless artefacts, the corporate corruption that endangered US soldiers and Iraqi civilians alike, and the horrifying acts of mercenaries shooting at civilians for fun.  There are some omissions — the film doesn’t deal with the Israel Lobby, for example — and it is long, but the archival footage and review of events is important and timely. It can be ordered here.

Ken Loach has described it as a “stunning film. It should be seen as widely as possible, in cinemas, bars, clubs, at meetings and, of course, through the internet. I’m sure the film will continue to be a source of debate and political education for many years. Maybe until the war criminals have been brought to trial.”

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This entry was posted on 10 October, 2009 by in Iraq, Neocons, US Foreign Policy, Video and tagged , .

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"