Regions / Middle East & North Africa

On March 17, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at George Washington University outlining her plans to de-escalate U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Stephen Zunes annotates her statements.

The Arab Abstraction

Even after five years of war, I have only rarely seen the lurching of a human gut towards these suffering people.
The "hidden" conflict in Iraq is in many ways similar to the U.S. civil war: Iraqis who are for keeping a central government are fighting against Iraqis who want to secede.
Occupation forces and their methods are dividing Iraqi groups, and rather than promoting reconciliation, are encouraging increases in violence, power struggles, and strife.
20th March 2003: the American army and its allies bombard Baghdad. The War in Iraq has started. Five years later, we, as writers, are sending a message to the people.
Five years later, it turns out that progressives were not only right in their predictions about the war, they are still right today in advocating a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
The violence in Afghanistan is on the upsurge, Conn Hallinan reports, and the United States is increasingly isolated in its military approach.
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