Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

By: Monday September 15, 2014 12:12 pm

A critical part of America’s plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the “foreign” Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and “unite” Iraq.

As counter-insurgency theory teaches, bad guys can only thrive when they have local support, what Mao called the “water we swim in.”

There is a familiar ring to the plan.

 

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 5:25 pm

Darwin observed that conscience is what most distinguishes humans from other animals. If so, grief isn’t far behind. Realms of anguish are deeply personal—yet prone to expropriation for public use, especially in this era of media hyper-spin. Narratives often thresh personal sorrow into political hay. More than ever, with grief marketed as a civic commodity, the personal is the politicized.

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