Ralph Nader, Dahr Jamail and Matthew Hoh: Iraq War—Twenty Years Later + Peace in Ukraine – Say NO to Endless U.S. Wars

End the Endless Wars!

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Dandelion Salad
March 19, 2023

with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Mar 18, 2023

In a lively and insightful roundtable discussion, Ralph hosts former Marine company commander, Matthew Hoh, who when not deployed also worked in the Pentagon and the State Department, and independent and unembedded Iraq war correspondent, Dahr Jamail. They mark the twentieth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and discuss the consequences of that misbegotten and illegal war. Plus, we hear a clip from Ralph’s and Patti Smith’s antiwar concert tour conducted in 2005.

Dahr Jamail is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, as well as The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. He is co-editor (with Stan Rushworth) of We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth.

“It’s hard to even articulate the level of suffering (in Iraq). And this is the country that exists today, that I got to leave, the military got to leave— at least for the most part. But the Iraqi people can’t leave. And this is what they have to live with today.” — Dahr Jamail

Matthew Hoh is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy. Mr. Hoh took part in the American occupation of Iraq, first with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, he worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department. In 2009, he resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war.

“This consistent line of violence directed against the Iraqi people to achieve American political aims had been established for decades. And I went into it thinking that somehow we were different… “If I go into this war, I can affect the people around me because I am going to be good and I am going to be moral and I am not going to do bad things.” And that’s a complete fallacy. That’s an incredible mistake.” — Matthew Hoh

“We have to go into this history because it’s going to happen again and again and again. The warmongers are active again on the Ukraine War now. More and more, we’re moving toward a conflict with Russia…Who knows what will happen, because there’s no break on our government. It’s as if it was a dictatorship when it comes to foreign policy.” — Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader Radio Hour on Substack

Live in Washington, DC: Peace in Ukraine – Say NO to Endless U.S. Wars

CODEPINK on Mar 18, 2023

On the 20th anniversary weekend of the criminal U.S. invasion of Iraq we are mobilizing at the White House in Washington, DC and around the country to demand “Peace in Ukraine – Say NO to Endless U.S. Wars” and “Fund People’s Needs, Not the War Machine.” Since 2003, the U.S. has engaged in sanctions (economic war) on more than 40 countries. These targets of U.S. economic warfare include the people of Cuba, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran and many other nations. Even in the wake of the worst disasters, like the recent deadly earthquake, Washington keeps its cruel sanctions in place against Syria. U.S. bases and “commands” blanket most of the world. It is a global empire.

The Biden administration is determined to escalate the Ukraine war. The real goal of the massive arming and training of Ukrainian forces has nothing to do with the interests of Ukrainian, Russian or American people. The aim instead is to “weaken Russia” as stated by the U.S. Secretary of Defense himself, even at the risk of a catastrophic nuclear war that could end life on Earth. A U.S. General commanding 50,000 troops in the Pacific also issued a letter to his sub-commanders in recent days informing them that he believes that the United States will be at war with China within two years. The danger of global war is growing! The people must act!

Take Action: Tell Biden: Call for Negotiations in Ukraine Now!

See also:

20 Years Since the Illegal Invasion of Iraq, Why Are Bush, Cheney and Blair Still Free Men? by Andy Worthington

From the archives:

20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq, Will the Media’s Complicity be Flushed Down the Memory Hole? by Jeremy Earp

One Year of Ukraine War: The World Demands Peace + Vijay Prashad: How Far Will it Go?

The 20th Anniversary of the Sociocide of Iraq by Bush and Cheney, by Ralph Nader

Chris Hedges and Stefania Maurizi: The Dark Truths WikiLeaks Revealed

Mike Prysner: Ron DeSantis’ Military Secrets: Torture and War Crimes

Mike Prysner: George Bush, You Need to Apologize + Statement by Mike Prysner

The Radicalization of Phil Donahue, Parts 1-3 + Transcripts

Awake From Your Slumber Opening (video; Nader; Patti Smith)

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