U.S. Occupation of Iraq is Erasing Centuries of History

There are some innaccuracies in this account from a Markthshark's diary at dailykos, like the way Kerbala is pronounced (The BBC pronounciation is actually correct, contrary to what it is claimed in the post). Also it is lousy in portraying Iraq's history, focusing mainly on the history of Islam which accounts only for a very small part of Iraq's rich history, and in putting together archeological preoccupations with the history of sunni/shia conflict. This aspect of Islam became a very hot topic in the US when the US occupation army in Iraq, like everywhere else, took part in the conflict, and more accurately inflamed it, becoming an army fighting a civil war in an occupied country. But this conflict became also the only filter through which US media are now protraying the Iraqi conflict. This lecture of the conflict, even for those blaming it on the occupation, is very convenient, it is masking the role the US occupation army is playing in this civil war. And it is a major role, believe me.

The post is also revelatory about how much US citizens still have to catch up in order to really know the countries their government invaded or plan to invade. The average, and more than average, US citizen ignorance of the world, as well as their inability to grasp complex political and social issues embedded in centuries and centuries of history in the ME are, in my opinion, the main obstacles to US's hegemonic imperialistic ambitions in this region.

But the intention behind the post is to draw attention to an aspect of the US occupation of Iraq rarely mentioned in the press. And the post must be read.
Only for neophytes of the ME.

Mega Media Coverage of Iraq Fuels Ignorance.

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