Talk Nation Radio for December 13, 2007
Dahr Jamail on Tactical Perception Management in Iraq
“The fulcrum of this piece that I wrote for Tom Dispatch; my whole goal was to get out the point of how the Pentagon so effectively with the assistance of a complicit corporate media dehumanizes Iraqis and demonizes them and creates a situation where the occupiers of Iraq, the US Military, can effectively do whatever they want and get away with murder and torture and other war crimes. This has become acceptable only because of their ability to demonize the people that are essentially the victims of their policies.” Dahr Jamail, December 12, 2007.
Dahr Jamail’s new book, Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Reporter in Occupied Iraq, has won widespread acclaim. Dahr has also just received the 2007 Eighteenth Annual Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage.
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There has been a new emphasis in Washington on the creation of an Iraq War success story just ahead of US Presidential elections. So we asked Dahr Jamail to discuss the reality of this “success” and talk about his recent story in Tom Dispatch on “Tactical Perception Management in Iraq”. Dahr explains that the US press in Iraq is still not verifying US Military reports prior to airing them.
If you read through corporate media reports, he points out, you find language that if taken literally would mean that
Iraq Has Only Militants, No Civilians. As you will hear Dahr mentions the figure of over one million one hundred and eighteen thousand Iraqi civilian dead during the war thus far. That number is based on a recent estimate by Just Foreign Policy. It agrees with another widely accepted report released in September by Opinion Research Business, ORB, a London polling agency. It established through polls of Iraqis that one million civilians have died since the US invasion in 2003.
We look at real versus exaggerated reports of “success” which is in fact an odd word to use under the circumstances; going over reports on events in October and December 2007.
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