February 07, 2008
I've been so heartened by the blogging threads that are recognizing and analyzing the history of how the Iraq invasion and occupation happened five years ago. I especially want to thank Vastleft at Corrente for assembling the Day of Shame project and including Maine Owl's Five years ago in war... with a highly complimentary "highly recommended."
What's the point of doing all this? I have a brief answer: This history must not flush down the memory hole. Media never connects its responsibility for elevating as "compelling" the case Powell presented with the disaster of Iraq that has followed, even though the case was known to be faulty at the time. Vastleft has a good rundown of examples of this HERE.
And, I have an even briefer answer for why this history should be traced from our perspective: For the children. People will grow up not knowing how this war happened, but just accepting it as a horrible continuing fact of their lives. If the postings I have put up and others, like Vastleft, have put up can help just a few people peel back the veneer and gain insight based on analysis of real documents and real reporting, it will have been worth it. Mainstream media will be little help for the most part. It's up to us.