Israel meet Iraq

US Vice President Dick Cheney issues a typically bellicose pronouncement about the “war on terror”:

An ideological struggle is underway and in that struggle we can be confident we are doing the right thing. We are confronting the violence, protecting the innocent, liberating the oppressed, and aiding the rise of freedom and democracy as America has done so many times in the past.

The reality of “liberating the oppressed” is actually utterly removed from Cheney’s lies. The divide and conquer Iraqi strategy and the “surge” is in fact inspired by Israeli tactics:

The explosion of walls and enclaves reinforced by aerial violence across Iraq suggest that the primary counterinsurgency lessons being followed by the U.S. military in Iraq today derive less from the lessons of “Lawrence of Arabia” than from Israel’s experiences in the Occupied Palestinian Territories over the past decade.

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