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"Saddam Hussein is a terrible person, he is a threat to his own people. I think his people would be better off with a different leader, but there is this sort of romantic notion that if Saddam Hussein got hit by a bus tomorrow, some Jeffersonian democrat is waiting in the wings to hold popular elections [laughter]. You're going to get-guess what-probably another Saddam Hussein. It will take a little while for them to paint the pictures all over the walls again-[laughter]-but there should be no illusions about the nature of that country or its society. And the American people and all of the people who second-guess us now would have beenoutraged if we had gone on to Baghdad and we found ourselves in Baghdad with American soldiers patrolling the streets two years later still looking for Jefferson [laughter]."
Colin Powell, Press Briefing 1992, Quoted by Robert Blecher, '"Free People Will Set the Course of History":Intellectuals, Democracy and American Empire', Middle East Report Online, March 2003;

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Seeing Islam Through a Lens of U.S. Hubris By Anonymous (LA Times, July 2, 2004)
Allawi: Born under a cloud of irony by Robert Scheer (Age, July 1, 2004)
This is not sovereignty by Tariq Ali (Age, June 28, 2004)
Journalist spends time with Iraqi insurgents (Lateline ABC TV 1 July 2004)
US study: Cost of Iraq war is unjustified (Friday 02 July 2004)
Restoration of Iraqi sovereignty - or Alice in Wonderland? By Robert Fisk (Independent, 29 June 2004)
Shameless in Iraq by Naomi Klein (Nation, July 12, 2004)
'The liberation of Baghdad is not far away' By Alix de la Grange (Asia Times, 25 June 2004)
Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks By Joel Brinkley (New York Times, June 9, 2004)
Why No Democracy in Iraq? By Chris Kromm, Rania Masri and Tara Purohit (Counterpunch, February 24, 2004)
Attacks Force Retreat From Wide-Ranging Plans for Iraq By Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington, December 28, 2003)
Iraq reconstruction's bottom-line By Herbert Docena (
Where are our human rights? by Dahr Jamail (29 December 2003)
Why the resistance will increase By Pepe Escobar (Asia Times, 20 Dec 2003)
Mike Moore on Iraq, Saddam and Bush
Troubling Report from the Pentagon (December 23, 2003)
Needed: Iraqi boss with mo' By Simon Jenkins (The Times, 08 Dec 2003)
How do we get out of Iraq? by Mustafa Alrawi
Iraqi Food Security in Hands of Occupying Powers by Nathaniel Hurd (December 2, 2003)
Amnesty concerns related to legislation introduced by the Coalition Provisional Authority
MEDACT Report: 'Continuing Collateral Damage: The Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq 2003'
Attacks will continue until day the Americans leave, says report By Patrick Cockburn (19 November 2003, The Independent)
War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal by Oliver Burkeman and Julian Borger (The Guardian, November 20, 2003)
The choice: two kinds of disaster by Robert Manne (SMH, November 17, 2003)
Insurgents gain a deadly edge in intelligence By John Diamond, Steven Komarow and Kevin Johnson (USA Today, 13 November 2003)
Bring Halliburton Home by Naomi Klein (Nation, 6 November 2003)
Iraqis released from U.S. prison camps tell of abuse, resistance (The Canadian Press/AP, 04 November 2003)
Resistance is the first step towards Iraqi independence by Tariq Ali (The Guardian, 3 November 2003)
One, two, three, what are they fighting for? By Robert Fisk (The Independent, Oct 24, 2003)
Workers resist US ban on Iraqi unions By Alan Maass (5 November 2003)
Inside the resistance by Zaki Chehab (The Guardian, October 13, 2003)
Is Bush's War in Iraq a "Brain Fart"? by David Corn (The Nation Online, 26 September 2003)
From triumph has sprung murderous fiasco By Patrick Cockburn (Independent, 10 October 2003)
The War In Iraq Is Not Over and Neither Are The Lies To Justify It By Stephen Zunes (FPIF Policy Report, September 2003)
Saddams Islamist legacy By Turi Munthe (Open Democracy, 6 October 2003)
Iraq and Corporate Patriotism by Charlie Cray (October 8, 2003 by
Iraqi guerrilla gives U.S. a dire warning (LA Times, 8 October 2003)
Iraq: The USs war without end By David Glanz (ISO, September 2003)
Oil, War And A Growing Sense Of Panic In The US by Robert Fisk (The Independent, 01 October 2003)
Iraq's occupiers suspected of losing touch with reality by Robert Fisk (Independent, 20 Sptember 2003)
In Iraq, Labor Protest is a Crime By David Bacon (Counterpunch, August 25, 2003)
Full command or no involvement by Amin Saikal (SMH, September 5, 2003)
Halliburton's Deals Greater Than Thought By Michael Dobbs (Washington Post, August 28, 2003)
This war on terrorism is bogus by Michael Meacher (Guardian, September 6, 2003)
Beware the bluewash by George Monbiot (August 26, 2003, The Guardian)
The Iraqi Governing Council's Sectarian Hue by Raad Alkadiri and Chris Toensing
(August 20, 2003)
US fostering sinister sort of democracy By Robert Fisk (New Zealand Herald, 1 August 2003)
Where are the WMDs?
Secrets and Lies: The White House Pretexts for War by Kathryn Welch ( July 17, 2003,
CIA Asked Britain To Drop Iraq Claim By Walter Pincus (July 11, 2003, Washington Post)
a truth-spotter's guide to how official language has changed (Independent, 11 July 2003)
Who lied to whom? by Seymour M. Hersh ("New Yorker", 31 March 2003)
Pentagon: No prewar proof Iraq had arms By Robert Burns (AP/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 7, 2003)
The secret cabal which spun for Blair By Neil Mackay (08 June 2003 UK Herald)
WMD will be on Blair's headstone By John Pilger (UK Mirror, Jun 4 2003)
Short: Blair lied to cabinet and made secret war pact with US by Nicholas Watt and Michael White (June 2, 2003, The Guardian)
A History Of Lies: WMD, Who Said What and When? (30 May 2003)
A lack of intelligence By Andrew Wilkie (Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 2003)
More than half of Iraq's top 'weapons sites' searched with no result by Pauline Jelinek (AP, 23 April)
Task Force Unable To Find Any Weapons By Barton Gellman (Washington Post, May 11, 2003) 
Iraq: Aftermath
How many Americans will die for oil? by Kenneth Davidson (Age, August 4 2003)
Officials confirm dropping firebombs (napalm) on Iraqi troops
Calls Multiply for U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq by Thalif Deen (IPS, 19 July 2003)
Sinking in the mire of a messy peace by Anne Summers (Sydney Morning herald, July 21 2003)
Iraq: Human rights must be foundation for rebuilding Amnesty International (24 June 2003)
America will pay the price if it ignores Iraqi nationalism By Paul-Marie de La Gorce (Gulf News, 27-07-2003)
"I Did Not Want To Be a Collaborator" by Isam al-Khafaji ( July 28 2003, The Guardian)
It Matters! By Carmen Lawrence (July 22 2003)
Guerrilla war in Iraq is out of control by Robert Fisk (New Zealand Herald, 23 July 2003)
From Saddams Tyranny to Post-Liberation Tyranny By Seumas Milne (20 June 2003, The Guardian)
Amnesty Accuses U.S. of Rights Abuses in Iraq By Michael Georgy (Sun July 20, 2003)
Troop morale in Iraq hits 'rock bottom' By Ann Scott Tyson (July 07, 2003, Christian Science Monitor)
Arabs must throw off their shackles by Edward Said (30 May 2003, Middle East Times)
Saddam or No Saddam, Iraqi Press Will Always Have Censors By Robert Fisk (12 June 2003)
US pushes for early privatization in Iraq By Shino Yuasa
After Winning the War: The Empire Expands Wider and Still Wider By Eric Hobsbawn (June 11, 2003)
The True Cost of Hegemony: Huge Debt By Niall Ferguson (New York Times, April 20, 2003)
Downsizing in Disguise by Naomi Klein [Nation, June 23, 2003]
US 'to appoint Iraqi leadership' (BBC News)
The Troops Are Afraid To Go Out At Night by Robert Fisk (The Independent, May 31, 2003)

Business as usual by Tariq Ali (Guardian, Saturday May 24, 2003)
Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy by Arundhati Roy (May 13, 2003)
Behind the Rhetoric about the Occupation of Iraq by Robert Fisk (May 4, 2003 The Guardian)
Americans Have Been Cheated and Lied To by Edward Said (Counterpunch, April 21, 2003)
Re-colonising Iraq: What is to be done? by Tariq Ali (8 April 2003)
By Henry C K Liu (Asia Times, 24 April 2003)
Origins of the conflict in Iraq (Carnegie Institute, 19 March 2003)
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1,700 Baghdad Civilians Killed by Laura King (Toronto Star, 18 May 2003)
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Iran and Syria
Veteran neo-con advisor moves on Iran  By Jim Lobe, (AP/Asia Times 25 June 2003)
Talking Points Regarding Syria by Stephen Zunes (Znet, April 15, 2003)
Pentagon Eyes Massive Covert Attack on Iran By Vince Cannistraro (ABCnews, 29 May 2003)
After Iraq, Bush will attack his real target By Eric Margolis (November 10, 2002)
Iran, Syria, Libya For Regime Change Next Says Richard Perle [World, February 25, 2003]
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