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The purpose of journalism is to uncover truth – especially uncomfortable truth – and to publish it for the benefit of society. In a free society, we must be informed of the criminal acts carried out by governments in the name of the people. Throughout history, journalists have uncovered the many ways governments lie, cheat, and steal – and the great lengths they will go to keep the people from finding out.

Great journalists like Seymour Hersh, who reported to us the tragedy of the Mai Lai Massacre and the horrors that took place at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, are essential.

Ten years ago last week, Julian Assange’s Wikileaks organization published an exposé of US government wrongdoing on par with the above Hersh bombshell stories. Publication of the “Iraq War Diaries” showed us all the brutality of the US attack on Iraq. It told us the truth about the US invasion and occupation of that country. This was no war of defense against a nation threatening us with weapons of mass destruction. This was no liberation of the country. We were not “bringing democracy” to Iraq.

No, the release of nearly 400,000 classified US Army field reports showed us in dirty detail that the US attack was a war of aggression, based on lies, where hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed and injured.

We learned that the US military classified anyone they killed in Iraq as “enemy combatants.” We learned that more than 700 Iraqi civilians were killed for “driving too close” to one of the hundreds of US military checkpoints – including pregnant mothers-to-be rushing to the hospital.

We learned that US military personnel routinely handed “detainees” over to Iraqi security forces where they would be tortured and often killed.

Ten years after Assange’s brave act of journalism changed the world and exposed one of the crimes of the century, he sits alone in solitary confinement in a UK prison. He sits literally fighting for his life, as if he is successfully extradited to the United States he faces 175 years in a “supermax” prison for committing “espionage” against a country of which he is not a citizen.

On the Iraq war we have punished the truth-tellers and rewarded the criminals. People who knowingly lied us into the war like Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, the Beltway neocon “experts,” and most of the media, faced neither punishment nor professional shaming for their acts. In fact, they got off scot free and many even prospered.

Julian Assange explained that he published the Iraq War Diaries because he “hoped to correct some of the attack on truth that occurred before the war, and that continued on since that war officially ended.” We used to praise brave journalists not afraid to take on the “bad guys.” Now we torture and imprison them.

President Trump has made a point of singling out the US attack on Iraq as one of the “stupid wars” that he was committed to ending. But we wouldn’t know half of just how stupid – and evil – it was were it not for the brave actions of Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Journalism should not be a crime and President Trump should pardon Assange immediately.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Patriot says:

    Our 20 yrs of war in the Middle East was a good thing.

    The Jewish people need land. Their population is growing and God has promised them the Middle East. Israel especially needs more water, farm land, and oil. The primative, tribal people who unjustly occupy land adjacent to Israel need to be removed or, if they refuse to vacate, killed.

    Israel is a small country and can’t afford to sacrifice their soldiers. That is why Israeli and Jewish-Americans arranged for the USA and some European countries to do the fighting for them and to also pay for it.

    The results are beautiful. Nearly every Muslim country surrounding Israel has been destroyed or bought off. America’s wars have killed somewhere between 2 and 5 million Muslims, Druze, Kurds and other non-Jewish people and forced millions of them to migrarate out of the Middle East, where they will no longer threaten Israel.

    In balance, the ~ 8,000 dead, ~ 60,000 American wounded, and $2 to $4 trillion spent during these wars was totally in our favor and a great victory for America, considering that we we killed more than 2 million enemies of Israel an nutralized around 10 nation-threats to the Jewish people.

  2. Thanks to Dr. Paul and Mr. Unz for laying this out, both for younger readers and those who might prefer to look the other way.

    The plain fact is that Mr. Trump was lying about ending the wars. And he’s shown a bright yellow belly by turning 180 on Julian Assange since the 2016 campaign. Nor will the other Exceptional! puppet do the right thing if he wins the next Most Important Election Ever.

    I don’t vote, but would be tempted to watch a debate if one of those “journalist” moderators had the temerity to pose a question about Mr. Assange as the Collateral Murder drone porn ran backscreen.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  3. @Patriot

    I can’t determine whether or not this is satire, but I certainly hope so.

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @AnonStarter
  4. The Jewish people need land. Their population is growing and God has promised them the Middle East. Israel especially needs more water, farm land, and oil. The primitive, tribal people who unjustly occupy land adjacent to Israel need to be removed or, if they refuse to vacate, killed.

  5. Julian Assange explained that he published the Iraq War Diaries because he “hoped to correct some of the attack on truth that occurred before the war, and that continued on since that war officially ended.” We used to praise brave journalists not afraid to take on the “bad guys.” Now we torture and imprison them.

    Never come unarmed to a gunfight.

    What has been done to Julian Assange is a crime of the highest order, and without exception incriminates every level of the alleged Western “justice system” and “rules based international order”.

    However, Mr. Assange walked into this with open eyes. He did not take sufficient measures to protect himself. Continuing to blissfully reside in the belly of the Beast as the Deep State plotted against him was a fatal mistake.

  6. Jokem says:

    I have mixed feelings about this.

    My biggest complaint is how we failed to win the peace. Instead of being a stabilizing and civilizing influence, we turned Iraq into a boiling sea of chaos.

    Iraq could have been a shining example of what a civilized and prosperous country could be, instead we did a half-assed job.

    BAH!

  7. Patriot says:
    @Jokem

    Wrong, Jokem. The Iraq war ended exactly as Israel waned, i.e., to compeletly fracture that country so that it was no longer a threat to Israel. Same for Lebanon, Liberia, and Somalia. We’re still trying to do that to Syria, and hope to eventually destroy Iran, Pakastan, and Turkey.

    Israel is America’s greatest friend in the Middle East, and Americans are proud and willing to fight as many countries as Israel needs us to fight.

    • Replies: @Patriot
    , @AnonStarter
  8. @Mis(ter)anthrope

    Fair question, but I’d bet on satire.
    “That is why Israeli and Jewish-Americans arranged for the USA and some European countries to do the fighting for them and to also pay for it.

    The results are beautiful.”
    “beautiful” sounds like satire to me.

  9. @Greta Handel

    “The plain fact is that Mr. Trump was lying about ending the wars. ”
    You’re probably right. But sometimes I get the impression Trump doesn’t particularly believe in war — it conflicts with his business mentality. Maybe had he a free hand he would have the troops out of Afghanistan….but, who knows? We all know the Deep State controls all such issues.

  10. @Mis(ter)anthrope

    “Patriot” sounds like one of AaronB’s sockpuppets, one who differs from Aaron’s typical position solely by the degree of candor he’s willing to express.

  11. Patriot says:
    @Patriot

    Libya, not Liberia was one of the countries that the USA took out for Israel. That war was directed by Hillary Clinton, during the Obama administration. If she had been elected President, we would have overthrown Syria and Iran by now. But because Trump was elected instead of Clinton, these 2 contries continue to threaten Israel.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  12. Jokem says:
    @Patriot

    Since Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East (unless you count Turkey) I cannot fault us for our support.

    Also, the fact of the matter is, if we let Israel loose on the other countries there, the Jews would probably clean their clocks.

    • Disagree: AnonStarter
    • Replies: @Patriot
    , @Bro43rd
  13. @Patriot

    Lol

    I retract my earlier comment. You’re definitely not Aaron.

  14. Patriot says:
    @Jokem

    Dear Mr. JOKEM,

    You are probably correct that Israel could beat 2 of the remaining nearby Islamic countries, Syra and Iran. Afterall, Israel has over 300 nuclear warheads and the ability to deiver them anywhere on earth. But it’s better that non-Jewish people (the Goyim/Amalaks) do the fighting.

    There are only ~6 million Jews in Israel. Hence, any Jew killed or wounded would be a tragedy. In contrast, there are over 3 billion European, African, and Hispanic people on Earth. That ~ 70,000 of these people (mainly in USA Army) were killed or wounded during the last 20 years in the Middle East is meaningless, compared to their great numbers. With only 6 million Jews in Israel, they can’t afford to loose a single person.

    But destroying the 2 really powerful Islamic countries that could threaten Israel (Pakastan and Turkey) might be too much for even powerful Israel. They will definately need the help of the USA (or other enemies of P or T, such as India) to neutralize these enemies.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  15. Jokem says:
    @Patriot

    ‘You are probably correct that Israel could beat 2 of the remaining nearby Islamic countries, Syra and Iran. Afterall, Israel has over 300 nuclear warheads and the ability to deiver them anywhere on earth.’

    I was talking about conventional warfare. Certainly a lot of Israelis would be lost, but my opinion is Israel would win.

    ‘But destroying the 2 really powerful Islamic countries that could threaten Israel (Pakastan and Turkey) might be too much for even powerful Israel.’

    Neither of those two countries are much of a threat to Israel. Turkey is supposed to be Secular (we hope it stays that way) and Pakistan is just too far away, and maintains ‘unofficial’ relations with Israel. So it may be Israel could defeat them, I am not sure the relations between them are hostile enough to be a realistic conflict.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  16. @Jokem

    “Iraq could have been a shining example of what a civilized and prosperous country could be, instead we did a half-assed job.”

    What would give the US the right in the first place?

    • Agree: AnonStarter
    • Replies: @Jokem
  17. @Patriot

    Oops. You seem to have forgotten the /sarc tag.

  18. Jokem says:
    @showmethereal

    ‘What would give the US the right in the first place?’

    If you are arguing the USA and it’s associates should not have went to war with Iraq,
    that is worth arguing. I will say it is a complicated question.

    If you are saying once Iraq was defeated, we should not have imposed order there,
    I say this –
    “If you break it, you are obligated to fix it.”

    Having destroyed the only force for order there, we were obligated to replace that
    with something.
    I claim we did a crummy job of that part of it.

  19. @Jokem

    Israel has always let Americans and Europeans do its heavy lifting.

    I think you vastly overestimate Israel’s odds were it to confront multiple Muslim armies on its own. It’s never really been put to any serious test.

  20. @Jokem

    I will say it is a complicated question.

    There’s nothing complicated about it. The war was fought on behalf of Israel, a fact which has been well established even by mainstream pundits such as Thomas Friedman.

    Having destroyed the only force for order there, we were obligated to replace that with something.

    The original narrative was that Americans liberated the Iraqi people from the tyrant Saddam Hussein. The idea that “we were obligated to replace him” was merely a rationale for installing a vassal government. In truth, that obligation was the Iraqis and the Iraqis alone.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  21. Bro43rd says:
    @Jokem

    Like they did to hezbollah in Lebanon? The only military tactic the Israelis are good at is sneak attacks & bombing defenseless Palestinians. If they didn’t have the backing of US nuclear tech, they probably would have been stomped into the sand by those around them. Its MAD to attempt now.

    • Replies: @Jokem
    , @Jokem
  22. Jokem says:
    @AnonStarter

    ‘Israel has always let Americans and Europeans do its heavy lifting.’

    They offered to help with the heavy lifting in the conflicts in Iraq.
    We said no. For good reason maybe, but still no.

    ‘The idea that “we were obligated to replace him” was merely a rationale for installing a vassal government. In truth, that obligation was the Iraqis and the Iraqis alone.’

    So, we should have pulled out once Saddam was defeated and let all the different factions
    kill each other with the different terrorist groups chipping in their two cents (of lead)?

  23. Jokem says:
    @Bro43rd

    ‘If they didn’t have the backing of US nuclear tech, they probably would have been stomped into the sand by those around them. Its MAD to attempt now.’

    You mean like when they went to war with Egypt?

  24. Jokem says:
    @Bro43rd

    ‘Like they did to hezbollah in Lebanon?’

    Hezbollah is a terrorist group. You want me to cry crocodile tears over what happens to people who have done the same things you blame the Jews for?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  25. @Jokem

    You must be unaware how difficult “nation building” is. That is why it shouldn’t be imposed. Fact is the answer for everything seems to be “democracy”. Well the US supported Saddam when he oppressed the Shia majority and fought Iran. So what did anything think would happen after??? It wasn’t complicated. The Shia then took revenge on the Sunnis – who sought help from Sunni extremist groups like Al Quaeda – which gave birth to ISIS. The majority Shia then used there “democracy” to draw closer to Iran. Didn’t take a Phd to figure that out would happen.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  26. @Jokem

    ‘…My biggest complaint is how we failed to win the peace. Instead of being a stabilizing and civilizing influence, we turned Iraq into a boiling sea of chaos.

    Iraq could have been a shining example of what a civilized and prosperous country could be, instead we did a half-assed job…’

    Whether we did ‘a half-assed job,’ depends on what the intent was.

    If one assumes that those who promoted the war in fact wanted to make Iraq into ‘a boiling sea of chaos,’ then the war was completely successful.

    People are rarely as stupid as they appear. One merely needs to understand what they are in fact seeking to achieve.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  27. @Jokem

    ‘Hezbollah is a terrorist group…’

    Really? In any case, until somebody else does a better job protecting Lebanon from Israel, Hezbollah will have to do.

    Get rid of Israel, then we can review Hezbollah.

  28. @Colin Wright

    People are rarely as stupid as they appear.

    Including Jokem.

    A deft troll, playing your brainwashed MAGA friend to whom you can’t quite get through.

    • Replies: @Jokem
    , @Colin Wright
  29. Jokem says:
    @showmethereal

    ‘You must be unaware how difficult “nation building” is. That is why it shouldn’t be imposed.’

    You mean like we did with Germany and Japan? Are both of those countries a boiling sea of Chaos?

    We need to be a force for order until the people get things together. Otherwise different factions vying for control spring up and go to war with each other until one faction wins out and you have a dictator.

  30. Jokem says:
    @Greta Handel

    ‘Including Jokem.’

    Greta – you want to get into a name calling contest, I can do that too.

    Does not make for civilized discussion, your choice…

    Colin –

    If you think for a minute Hezbollah could stand up to Israel in even a conventional conflict if the Jews decided to attack and occupy Lebanon, you are dead wrong.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  31. @Jokem

    ‘…If you think for a minute Hezbollah could stand up to Israel in even a conventional conflict if the Jews decided to attack and occupy Lebanon, you are dead wrong.’

    It would appear that what they did is sufficient. They drove the Jews out and kept them out.

  32. @Greta Handel

    ‘…A deft troll, playing your brainwashed MAGA friend to whom you can’t quite get through.’

    Quite likely you’re right.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  33. Jokem says:
    @Colin Wright

    I am done responding to you intractable pundits.

    I could join in to the name calling contest, but whatever pejorative I came up with would not be sufficient.

    Enjoy – without me…

  34. @Jokem

    ‘…We need to be a force for order until the people get things together.’

    That would depend on what the goal is.

  35. @Jokem

    Except that in Germany and Japan they were advanced societies and the dirty secret is that many of the leaders in companies and government were left intact. In the case of Japan many of the companies were allowed to keep their assets. That is also a ridiculous comparison since WW2 was not a war by choice.

    • Replies: @Jokem
  36. Jokem says:
    @Showmethereal

    ‘Except that in Germany and Japan they were advanced societies’

    I have avoided posting here because of the number of people engaging in temper tantrums and name calling. I don’t see where you have engaged in that, so here we go.

    Germany had some aspects of exposure to Western Civilization. If that is what you mean by ‘advanced society’ I agree. Japan not so much.

    Both had a history of an orderly society, which made it easier to establish order there because it fit with the culture. The Western Powers already were developing an occupation plan years before the defeat of the Axis. In Iraq it looks to me like we were making it up as we went based upon the vagaries of politics.

    Your comment that nation building is difficult is why it should not be imposed is confusing to me.
    Because it is difficult is why it needs to be well planned. The fact that the Middle East (including Iraq) is not an advanced society is why it is harder.

    Democracy of some sort is the only way for the people to have a voice in how they are governed.
    The whole idea is ‘Consent of the Governed’. Without that we end up with another Saddam Hussein clone who can shoot anyone he wants or send them to the acid room. When the people have a voice in government there is a limit on how much of that can happen.

    Maybe there is another way for government to be organized, I am open to suggestions.

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