"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Does the Resistance Target Civilians?

According to US Intel, Not Really
by: M. Junaid Alam on: 18th Apr, 05

The ceaseless demonization of Iraqis committed to ending foreign control of their country is a key ideological crutch for maintaining the American occupation. Smearing the armed resistance as a band of murderous thugs is well understood by American war planners to be a crucial part of effective counter-insurgency work. (1) Obviously, brutal and horrific attacks on Iraqi civilians have been carried out by some forces claiming to be a part of the resistance. But there is strong evidence from US government and independent intelligence data suggesting that this phenomenon has been wildly exaggerated and torn out of context, creating a false public perception that serves to prop up domestic support for the occupation.


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