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Noam Chomsky vs. Charlie Rose on Iraq War, Thomas Friedman,Paul Wolfowitz, George Bush Sr., etc

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Published on Aug 28, 2010

A) Thomas Friedman's long forgotten article on the 1991 Shia Uprisings:
http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/07/wee...

B) On Paul Wolfowitz's (1997) praise for "strong and remarkable leadership of President Suharto": http://www.atimes.com/se-asia/CJ11Ae0...



C) On US authorization and support for Saddam's brutal crackdown on the rebellion:
Surviving In The Ruins," Spectator (U.K.), August 10, 1991, pp. 8-10:

"Our programme [Panorama on England's B.B.C.-1] has found evidence that several Iraqi generals made contact with the United States to sound out the likely American response if they took the highly dangerous step of planning a coup against Saddam. But now Washington faltered. It had been alarmed by the scale of the uprisings [against Saddam Hussein] in the north and south.

For several years the Americans had refused to have any contact with the Iraqi opposition groups, and assumed that revolution would lead to the break-up of Iraq as a unitary state. The Americans believed that the Shi'as wanted to secede to Iran and that the Kurds would want to join up with the Kurdish people of Turkey. No direct answer was returned to the Iraqi generals; but on 5 March, only four days after President Bush had spoken of the need for the Iraqi people to get rid of Saddam Hussein, the White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said, "We don't intend to get involved . . . in Iraq's internal affairs. . . ."

An Iraqi general who escaped to Saudi Arabia in the last days of the uprising in southern Iraq told us that he and his men had repeatedly asked the American forces for weapons, ammunition and food to help them carry on the fight against Saddam's forces. The Americans refused.

As they fell back on the town of Nasiriyeh, close to the allied positions, the rebels approached the Americans again and requested access to an Iraqi arms dump behind the American lines at Tel al-Allahem. At first they were told they could pass through the lines. Then the permission was rescinded and, the general told us, the Americans blew up the arms dump. American troops disarmed the rebels."

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