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Earthdate 2004-05-18

Iraqi History, Cold War Incidents, and Leftist Propaganda

Leftist polemics with regard to the Iraq war and indeed just about any situation involving the United States exhibit a pervasive tendency to invoke decades-old historical incidents in order to bash America.  A recent example involving Iraqi history is typical, though many such arrive from much further back.  A correspondent on a leftist mailing list put it this way:

No discussion on the bragging rights of the U.S. “liberating” Iraqis from Hussein would be complete without discussion of the 1963 allegedly CIA coup that toppled Kassem and installed the Bathists in power, complete with a list of thousands of civilians to be killed as too “socialist” to live.  Ordinary civilians, doctors, teachers, etc., even pregnant women, it was said, were not spared.

Notice how quickly, within a few words, the conversation moves from meekly speaking of “allegedly” (alleged by whom left unsaid — the KGB?) to talk reeking of the certainty of guilt for that murderous fury — guilt not of Iraqis, naturally, but the United States!  Yes, let's discuss this historical event.

The parts of this essay follow below for normal scroll-downing convenience.  Following is the index:

Iraqi history, cold war incidents, and leftist propaganda
→  Iraqi history
→  Who supported Iraq?
→  Stupidity of the argument
→  The unmentionable elephant
→  The crowning irony
→  Update



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