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More Pontification, More Propaganda on Iraq Notes on John Ware’s BBC Iraq fiasco

November 1, 2007 No Comment

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Watching journalist John Ware’s two-part BBC television documentary aired on Sunday and Monday evening this week, “No plan, no peace in Iraq”, one came away with the impression that the entire invasion and occupation of Iraq was nothing more than one incredibly inept debacle after another. Stupidity, incompetence, and arrogance are about the only factors that explain the overwhelming reality of Anglo-American role in Iraq by Ware’s depiction: total and utter mismanagement.

Enforced by the spate of testimonials from British military leaders, such as retired General Sir Mike Jackson, or Major General Tim Cross, this has now become the standard conventional critique of our role in Iraq. John Ware’s ruminations and interviews fleshed out the contours of this critique, which has been so entrenched in mainstream discourse that it sorely requires a systematic counter-critique.

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