Below is an exchange that took place in the ZNet Sustainer Forums where Noam interacts with the forum users. The question posed to Noam is further below in this blog post. Here is Noam’s response to the question.
Noam Chomsky: I doubt that Ware has anything like the direct experience in Iraq of Nir Rosen, Patrick Cockburn, and the few other journalists who actually know the country well. But put that aside.
The country already has largely been destroyed by the US invasion and its horrendous aftermath — which Iraqis, rightly, blame on the invasion, as Pentagon studies recognize. I don’t doubt that Rosen, Cockburn, and other knowledgeable observers would agree that the withdrawal of the occupying army would be followed by bloodshed, but according to the consistent judgment of Iraqis, repeatedly found in Western-run polls, their presence is a primary instigator of such violence. The longer they stay, the worse it is likely to get. There’s a good article on the “surge’ in the current issue of Foreign Affairs by Steven Simon, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, formerly on the National Security Council, no leftist critic.
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