The media as the first take on the revision of history
Must read piece by John Pilger:
False reality The last US combat troops have left Iraq as promised, on schedule, according to President Barack Obama. TV screens have filled with cinematic images of the last US soldiers silhouetted against the dawn light, crossing the border into Kuwait.
Fact They are still there. At least 50,000 troops will continue to operate from 94 bases. American air assaults are unchanged, as are special forces assassinations. The number of military contractors is currently 100,000 and rising. Most Iraqi oil is now under direct foreign control.
False reality BBC presenters and reporters have described the departing US troops as a sort of victorious army that has achieved a remarkable change in [Iraq’s] fortunes. Their commander, General David Petraeus, is a celebrity, charming, savvy and remarkable.
Fact There is no victory of any sort. There is a catastrophic disaster; and attempts to present it as otherwise are a model of Bernays campaign to re-brand the slaughter of the first world war as necessary and noble. In 1980, Ronald Reagan, running for president, re-branded the invasion of Vietnam, in which up to three million people died, as a noble cause, a theme taken up enthusiastically by Hollywood. Today’s Iraq war movies have a similar purging theme: the invader as both idealist and victim.
False reality It is not known how many Iraqis have died. They are countless or maybe in the tens of thousands.
Fact As a direct consequence of the Anglo-American led invasion, a million Iraqis have died. This figure from Opinion Research Business is based on peer-reviewed research led by Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, whose methods were secretly affirmed as best practice and robust by the Blair government’s chief scientific adviser, as revealed in a Freedom of Information search. This figure is rarely reported or presented to charming and savvy American generals. Neither is the dispossession of four million Iraqis, the malnourishment of most Iraqi children, the epidemic of mental illness and the poisoning of the environment.