Mar 26, 2013

Arundhati Roy: Iraq and the 'psychosis' of U.S. foreign policy


This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. The occasion is upon us with barely a whisper from Washington. Hardly surprising... the legacy of the U.S. invasion has been an Iraq in ongoing crisis. The truth of what is really going down doesn't get anything close to adequate coverage in American mainstream media.

A staunch opponent of the Iraq war, author and global justice activist Arundhati Roy, spoke recently with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Roy addresses the "psychosis" of war and questions the accuracy of "democracy versus radical Islam" rhetoric:

Roy:

So, unfortunately, we are dealing with psychosis. We are dealing with a psychopathic situation. And all of us, including myself, we can’t do anything but keep being reasonable, keep saying what needs to be said. But that doesn’t seem to help the situation, because, of course, as we know, after Iraq, there’s been Libya, there’s Syria, and the rhetoric of, you know, democracy versus radical Islam. When you look at the countries that were attacked, none of them were Wahhabi Islamic fundamentalist countries. Those ones are supported, financed by the U.S., so there is a real collusion between radical Islam and capitalism. What is going on is really a different kind of battle.

Roy's use of the term "psychosis" is apt. It speaks to the irrationality of an Iraq invasion based on false intelligence and the fall-out that has ensued - a madness underscored by a defiant Dick Cheney who said: "if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it in a minute."

The fall-out continues to take its toll. The U.S. military’s extensive use of depleted uranium and white phosphorous in Iraq is suspected in the high incidence of cancers and birth defects. Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail says that "the number of congenital malformations in the city of Fallujah has surpassed even that in the wake of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki... " - both devastated by nuclear attacks.

Read Dahr Jamail's in-depth report on Al Jazeera - here. Also his article in Common Dreams - here.