True or False?
  1. The US invaded Iraq in order to do away with its weapons of mass 

FALSE. The government claimed that we were 45 minutes away from an atomic 
explosion, that we could soon be attacked with anthrax or other deadly 
bio-weapons, and that the location of the weapons was known with exactitude. It 
was all a lie concocted and pushed by Bush, Powell, Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and 
a number of neocon and non-neocon allies.
  The real crimes against humanity (by Doug Thompson)

  With the brutal hanging of Saddam Hussein in the pre-dawn hours Saturday, the 
transformation of the United States of America from world power to 
international exporter of terror is complete.

While one can argue that Hussein deserved to die for his many crimes against 
humanity, the question that history will ask is whether or not he deserved to 
die at the hands of a nation that invaded his country without provocation and 
orchestrated a trial to fulfill a political agenda of an American President 
who, himself, may be both a madman and greater threat to world peace.

  Iraq: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (by Noam Chomsky and Michael Albert)

  1. Why did the U.S. invade Iraq? (And why did important sectors of the 
political elite, like Scowcroft, oppose doing so?) What are the U.S.motives for 

The official reason was what Bush, Powell, and others called "the single 
question": will Saddam end his development of Weapons of Mass Destruction? The 
official Presidential Directive states the primary goal as to: "Free Iraq in 
order to eliminate Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery 
and associated programs, to prevent Iraq from breaking out of containment and 
becoming a more dangerous threat to the region and beyond." That was the basis 
for congressional support for the invasion. The Directive goes on with the goal 
of cutting "Iraqi links to and sponsorship of international terrorism," etc. A 
few phrases are thrown in from the standard boilerplate about freedom that 
accompanies every action, and is close to a historical universal, hence 
dismissed as meaningless by reasonable people, but there to be dredged up by 
the doctrinal system when needed.
  Two Thousand Years Later, the Story of Issa Renewed (by Ibrahim Ebeid)

  Your Excellency we have known you for long time in the battlefield of Jihad 
and struggle. You are our guiding light and the force that motivates us to 
carry the banner of our nation. We assure you that we will never let it fall. 
It will stay as high as your spirit.

Two thousand years ago, our compatriot, Issa Al Massih, Jesus Christ, whose 
ancestors came from Iraq to Palestine, was assassinated, like you, for his 
principles that he stood for, the Romans and their allies in the area 
sacrificed him in the Day of Sacrifice.

It is no coincidence that the sectarians, the traitors of the Arab nation who 
betrayed the principles of our nation that you have preached to us until the 
last moment, sacrificed you on Eid Al-Adha, the day of sacrifice. It was an 
honor for you to die like Issa Al-Massih with courage, dignity and fearless.
  A Lynching (by Riverband)
  It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths. This really is a new 
low. It's outrageous- an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (with 
the exception of Iran) are outraged. Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside 
quarrels and anger- at least for the duration of Eid.

This does not bode well for the coming year. No one imagined the madmen would 
actually do it during a religious holiday. It is religiously unacceptable and 
before, it was constitutionally illegal. We thought we'd at least get a few 
days of peace and some time to enjoy the Eid holiday, which coincides with the 
New Year this year. We've spent the first two days of a holy holiday watching 
bits and pieces of a sordid lynching.

America the saviorÂ… After nearly four years and Bush's biggest achievement in 
Iraq has been a lynching. Bravo Americans.
  Christians at War (by John F. Kendrick - 1916)

  Onward, Christian soldiers! Duty's way is plain;
Slay your [Christian] neighbors, or by them be slain,
Pulpiteers are spouting effervescent swill,
God above is calling you to rob and rape and kill,
All your acts are sanctified by the Lamb on high;
If you love the Holy Ghost, go murder, pray and die.

Onward, Christian soldiers! Rip and tear and smite!
Let the gentle Jesus bless your dynamite.
Splinter skulls with shrapnel, fertilize the sod;
Folks who do not speak your tongue deserve the curse of God.
Smash the doors of every home, pretty maidens seize;
Use your might and sacred right to treat them as you please.
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  Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (by Noam 

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