22 January 2008

No End in Sight

Just finished watching "No End in Sight", a stupid thing to do before going to bed. An amazing and powerful film, while it did not tell me anything I didn't know already, seeing first-hand interviews with those that witnessed the decent into chaos and destruction in Iraq firsthand was telling.

My 2007 reading consisted of a lot of such accounts,"Imperial Life in the Emerald City" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Naomi Klein's "No War" and "Shock Doctrine", Jeremy Scahill's "Blackwater" and most recently "Fall of the House of Bush" by Craig Unger. A consistent theme of gross incompetence and mismanagement emerges from these accounts; a small group of neocons, blinded by their own belief in pure capitalism exemplified by the outsourcing of every aspect of the occupation and reconstruction to groups and individuals on the basis of profit and shared political ideology, systematically destroy a country in the hopes of rebuilding it as a freemarket paradise, and fail miserably with inhuman consequences.

While no good can come of the whole horrifying exercise, one hopes that it acts as proof of the fallacy of Milton Friedman's economic theories and leads to a whole scale revaluation of US style ultra-capitalism. This is of course meaningless to the countless hundreds of thousands who have suffered in what has become the neocons' playground.

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