Iraq is in turmoil - with ISIS controlling large areas of the country - but the truth is that it's been in turmoil since the illegal 2003 invasion.
2013 was Iraq's bloodiest year since 2008, but as I wrote here members of the elite political class and warmongers in the West weren't interested.
Iraq post-invasion had become the greatest non-news story of the modern era. The people who could not stop talking about Iraq in 2002/3 and telling how much they cared about ordinary Iraqis were strangely silent. Instead they were devoting their energies into propagandizing for another Middle Eastern military'intervention', this time against Syria.
Now that Iraq is back in the western news headlines again, with calls for 'intervention' to counter ISIS, it's worth bearing in mind what the architects of the Iraq war and the cheerleaders for it said in the lead up and during the invasion about the 'threat' from Saddam's WMDs and how toppling a secular dictator would help the so-called 'war on terror' and bring peace and security to the region.
Do we really want to take these people's advice on what'we' should do now in Iraq? Up to a million people have been killed since the illegal invasion and as critics predicted at the time, the war led to enormous chaos and instability and boosted radical Islamic extremism. By their own words, let the warmongers be damned.
Yet these same war mongers, masters of war, and war profiteers are on news outlets daily.
Their stupidity, ignorance, arrogance, and lies should not be condoned, they should be shunned.
They belong in an 8X8 cell, not in a news room.
Blowback, payback, call it what you will.
But place the blame where it belongs.
The Neocons and their fellow travelers the liberal intetventionists are to blame for the hell that is about to be unleashed.
Oh, and do not forget to blame ourselves.
We allowed them to shock and awe in our name.
We are also guilty.
Tao Dao Man