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Imagine an occupation of the U.S.

Imagine that on September 11, 2001, instead of four airplanes (allegedly) used as missiles, massive air strikes had targeted numerous strategic sites in the U.S.

Over 50 aerial bomb drops
Stenciling boasting over 50 aerial bomb drops. Image in public domain.

Instead of attacks over a few hours on one morning, consider the bombardment’s continuing unabated for three-and-a-half weeks, for the purpose of “shocking and aweing” … Continue reading

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The pain of being brutally honest with myself (A Marine remembers, Part 8)

Everyday at the barracks it was staring me in the face, and every night it replayed itself in my head. Bradley and the old man he shot, Brendan’s mother, Fallujah, the innocent Iraqis who never wanted any of this, all the drinking and drugs, and everyone who told us that we were heroes… Continue reading

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Swept up in the violent hysteria (A Marine remembers, Part 7)

I spent many nights on post or lying awake in bed wrestling with my memories, and trying to understand the links among them.
I remembered that it was because my command made me an unofficial translator that I spent more time in the villages and had more contact with Iraqis than most others. I heard their grievances and … Continue reading

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