Phyllis Bennis: Is George W. Bush Rewriting Iraq's History? Staff
Posted: Oct 03, 2014 11:28 AM
PHYLLIS BENNIS: I think some people did [anticipate the endless war in Iraq]. Those for whom this war was going to be a "cakewalk." They were not looking to the future or to the people of Iraq, they were looking to the U.S. goal of remaking the Middle East in their own image, something they had been trying to do for a very long time. That is not what happens to the people of Iraq. For the same reason that you can't bomb extremism out of existence, you can't bomb bad conditions in a country out of existence. The bombing makes it worse. It made it worse in Iraq, its making it worse in Syria. Its making it worse everywhere that the U.S. is using extremism. Because at the end of the day, bombs don't fall on extremism. Bombs fall on cities, they fall on people, they fall on families, they fall on lives, and they destroy those lives.

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