We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, November 5, 2010
Dismantling the Iraqi State, Destroying an Entire Country
This is a comprehensive, well-documented report on the destruction of Iraq that the author presented to the United Nations. I don't necessarily recommend that you read it all--it is very difficult reading, especially for any decent American. (I confess that I only skimmed it.) But I think it a good idea to bookmark or tag it to keep it as a reference. Crimes against humanity must not be forgotten even when it is the ruling class of one's own country that has committed the crimes.
If you would like to know more about the most infamous war criminal of the US, listen to this former CIA officer's interview with Press TV. (6:34m video)