Gary Sudborough | 08.09.2003 16:53 | Anti-militarism
Iraq has been "liberated" before. In 1917 the British invaded Baghdad and "liberated" Iraq from the tyranny of the Ottoman Turks. British oil companies then proceeded to steal Iraqi oil until 1958, when a nationalist revolution overthrew the British puppet ruler King Faisal and the oil was nationalized. It is very disconcerting and depressing that many Americans think the United States is not similar to all other capitalist powers in history and is completely uninterested in exploiting the natural resources of the Third World, but instead wants only to bring them democracy and freedom. The US-installed Shah of Iran didn't bring the Iranian people democracy and freedom, but terrible repression and torture by his secret police. And the US oil companies made huge profits under the Shah's dictatorship. Do people who believe in the innocence and benevolence of US foreign policy also believe in the tooth fairy, or is the corporate media simply so sophisticated and powerful that these people are incapable of thinking critically and logically about anything?