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  •  not hard for me to understand how deeply (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, bontemps2012

    iranians and iraquis hate america.  I just imagine the us overthrowing my elected government, or my dictator government who is buds with america and then I think I can begin to get a clue.  But you're right, without knowing anybody who died as a result of those actions, it is hard to understand it completely.

    •  America replaced Saddam with L. Paul Bremer. (0+ / 0-)

      Things got one helluva lot worse. A hundred times the violent-and-medical deaths. Economic disaster. Black Hole for foreign crazies who came in to truck- and suicide-bomb both Americans and Shi'ia Iraqis.

      Earlier, America had replaced a legitimate national government with a dictator, the Shah. He built SAVAK and took to torturing young men for a couple months for no particular reason.

      "In the Belly of the Green Bird" is a decent starting point. The book also displays proper technique for covering a war. Almost uniquely.

      (In Afghanistan we've been sending troops there with no language skills and no nose dogs. Either blunder makes that a loser.)

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