In this next segment, we take a moment to reflect on the 12th Anniversary of the start of the U.S. war on Iraq, which began in the late night hours of March 19th as Washington’s Shock and Awe campaign over Baghdad was launched. The major networks began its 24-hour non-stop coverage of the fireworks over Baghdad, facilitated by the PR coup that was the Pentagon’s embedded journalist program which allowed reporters to see first hand how the war was going to be carried out. By the early morning hours of March 20th, the streets of the capital of Iraq were under clouds of smoke and rubble, and what has become one of the most tragic foreign policy disasters in U.S. history was underway.
A lot has been said and written about the war in Iraq. But what is most ironic,yet not so surprising, is that the war has never ended, not for the people of Iraq, not for the tens of thousands of veterans and their families who will live with the scars of this military intervention for the rest of their lives. And it’s not over in real terms, as the internal situation in Iraq and Syria continues to deteriorate and draw the U.S. in once again. Last week, as part of an annual event Mario Murillo coordinated at Hofstra University called Globalization Day, author and researcher Phyllis Bennis, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studiestalked about the war. In front of a packed auditorium of students, faculty and community, Phyllis addressed the war on terror, and described its consequences as a fundamental component of the phenomenon of globalization.