Seymour Hersh Speaks on Iraq
By Geoffrey Cook, MMNS International Analyst
Berkeley–October 7th—-Seymour Hersh was born to Yiddish-speaking Jewish parents in Chicago, but he has been one of the most vehement journalists exposing American crimes against Muslim nations. Of all major U.S. journalists he has the best connections within the Armed Forces, the CIA, the NSA, and Congress and thus learns secrets unknown even to some high level officials.
Modern â€œWar is not anti-septic,â€ he says, and he should know for he served in the Army himself as a young adult. â€œIt is difficult to comprehend the Armyâ€™s attitude towards Iraqâ€¦It will be challenging to get out of this war.â€
â€œWe canâ€™t separate the present predicament from the crisis of the past seven years.â€ Further, he explains â€œthere has been a collapse of the American Pressâ€ parallel to this war against terror. â€œWe are not aware of the dissent within [the Military itself].â€ Hersh continues, â€œWar is ugly, ugly, uglyâ€¦We are not any better than anyone else.â€
We have been guilty of ethnic cleansing in Baghdadâ€™s realm as well, and he asks, â€œHow can the Iraqi freedom fighters be defined as insurgents?â€
Iran, fortunately, has been withdrawn from our â€œradar screenâ€ because the Administration is responding to the fact that it would hurt any chances for their (hawkish clone) Senator McCainâ€™s chances of being elected to the Presidency.
He explains the theory held by Republicans. â€œThe [current] regime [actually] believes that if Iran obtains the bomb they could strike at the American Homeland!â€
Unfortunately the ill wind blowing against Iran has set a chill down the spine of erstwhile ally Pakistan. A general remarked to our journalist, â€œWhen youâ€™re [The District of Columbia] done with Iranâ€™s bomb youâ€™ll come after our nuclear defenses!â€
â€œThe Neo-Cons,â€ Hersh says, â€œare overachieversâ€¦totally wackoâ€¦only a handful of them have overtaken America!â€ Although their academic philosophy has successfully been able to demonize the Iraqi populace.
Iraq, he says, is in a bad situation. The Sunnis hate the Shia and, thereby, abhor Iran. All Hell is (about) to let loose. Besides, the Iraqi Kurds wish to dominate the (oil-rich) district around the city of Kirkut.
At the same time, Iraqâ€™s neighbors desire a stable Iraq â€“ even the Israelis! Our troops are ever in greater danger over time as long as this War continues unabated!
Sy Hersh estimates that 640,000 veterans who have already come home from this desert War have psychological problems generated from the horrors of their battles.
Turning to the G.I.â€™s venture in Afghanistan, he conjectured â€œthe defeat of the Taliban was not an ignoble causeâ€ in and of itself, but we have killed too many innocent civilians as â€œcollateral damage.â€ Therefore, â€œIt is doubtful we can win this War,â€ too.
Abu Ghraib damaged our image (irreparably) in the Arab and wider Islamic World, he argues. The American guards who committed torture were as psychologically damaged as their victims.
â€œWe do have a moral obligationâ€¦to withdraw from that War!â€
Hersh was very effusive about Barack Obama–â€œObama is smarter than the people around him.â€
Seymour claims he is saying what he has to say to appear to move towards the Center.
Hersh believes the International Courts will deliver indictments against many of the most outrageous members of this current administration in D.C.
He is greatly disturbed over the pronouncements of hate that the Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin of Alaska is spouting â€“ especially her accusation of terrorism against certain individuals and ethnic groups.
The Republicans in this campaign are applying racism and sectarianism in a very nasty way, and Muslims are being routinely, if obliquely, defamed.
What she and McCain are doing is very dangerous to minorities in America, and that includes those who are Muslim.
Finally, Seymour Hersh is of the opinion that the war(s) are affecting the markets negatively.
Thus, the failure of Bushâ€™s foreign policy is intertwined with his gross mismanagement of the economy, and todayâ€™s people, worldwide, are suffering from his mismanagement, also!