February 04, 2008

Surging Continues Apace On the Eve of Super Tuesday

A few weeks ago the United States military dropped 100,000 pounds of explosives on the Arab Jabour region south of Baghdad: 100,000 pounds. 50 tons.

Tom Englehardt outlines the other terrorism in Iraq at TomDispatch.

Maybe then, it's time for Seymour Hersh to take another look. Or for the online world to take up the subject. Maybe, sooner or later, American mainstream journalists in Iraq (and editors back in the U.S.) will actually look up, notice those contrails in the skies, register those "precision" bombs and missiles landing, and consider whether it really is a ho-hum, no-news period when the U.S. Air Force looses 100,000 pounds of explosives on a farming district on the edge of Baghdad. Maybe artists will once again begin pouring their outrage over the very nature of air war into works of art, at least one of which will become iconic, and travel the world reminding us just what, almost five years later, the "liberation" of Iraq has really meant for Iraqis.

Don't hold your breath, Mr. Englehardt. Artists are exhausting themselves in other pursuits, and journalists and bloggers have a presidential horse race to follow.

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