Another Frame in the Iraq War Movie: American
Denial, New York Times style.
March 17, 2013 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact
The New York Times ‘A War, Before and After,” March 17, 2013 begins 6 days of remembering the war in Iraq, anecdote by anecdote. Today’s installment: A contractor, without remorse, alludes to the interrogations he did in Abu Ghraib. A soldier remembers her “Let it start” moment as she waited to kill, and speaks of her husband’s ‘penetrating traumatic brain injury.” An infantry officer recalls failed ‘Peace Operations’ as if they were failed pledges to a fraternity.
No mention is made of the suffering of millions of innocent Iraqi civilians, nor of the over 100,000 who died as a direct result of the invasion and occupation. This failure to acknowledge the severe price the Iraqis paid pictures them as less than human, as if their pain does not count.
This one-sided framing of the occupation as a recitation of suffering by American warriors fails the American people. It prevents an honest look at all of the consequences of choosing violence as a means to achieve political ends.