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The US Will Leave Iraq Next Year

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.


This short history leaves out 9-11, of course, but after two years we are in a better position to assess that event realistically. It didn't symbolize some amazing rise of a new totalitarianism in the form of Muslim terrorism. It didn't signal the failure of American isolationism, as the warmongers absurdly claim. It didn't portend the need for the US to become the largest and most militarized global government in the history of the world.

Instead, it was a monstrous act of vengeance for US policies in the Gulf region and the Middle East, and the whole world knew it. Americans themselves, apparently unaware that their government had been working to stir up as many enemies as possible for so many years, were the only people on the planet who were shocked.

No, "they" don't hate "us" because we are good. Mostly "they" like Americans and our culture, our businesses, our land, our history. What "they" hate is the US government because it is imperial, ham-handed, violent, arrogant, hypocritical, and stupid. The Bush administration seems to have set out to confirm this impression in every conceivable way.

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