"A Black Hole Of History The American Legacy In Iraq" By Barry Lando (With Audio Interview and Documentary)Submitted by dice on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 21:48
by BARRY LANDO | Weekend Edition January 10-12, 2014 | Paris
The last thing the U.S. should do is become militarily embroiled in the conflict raging again in Iraq. But for Americans to shake their heads in lofty disdain and turn away, as if they have no responsibility for the continued bloodletting, is outrageous. Why? Because America bears a large part of the blame for turning Iraq into the basket case it’s become.
The great majority of Americans don’t realize that fact. They never did. So much of what the U.S. did to Iraq has been consigned by America to a black hole of history. Iraqis, however, can never forget.
In 1990, for instance, during the first Gulf War, George H.W. Bush, called on the people of Iraq to rise up and overthrow Saddam Hussein. But when they finally did, after Saddam’s forces were driven from Kuwait, President Bush refused any gesture of support, even permitted Saddam’s pilots to keep flying their deadly helicopter gunships. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were slaughtered.
01/12/14 Barry Lando
Barry Lando, former producer for 60 Minutes and author of The Watchman’s File, discusses the American legacy in Iraq, including Saddam Hussein’s early days in power, America’s role in the Iran-Iraq War, the 1991 Gulf War, and the calculated destruction of Iraq’s civilian infrastructure during post-war sanctions.
Here is Barry Lando's and Michel Despratx's documentary. Worth checking out.