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Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq Paperback – October 1, 2008
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This book is a compelling documentation of war. Jamail has uncovered horrendous atrocities in Fallujah and elsewhere, and he has debunked the view that the military objectives include the submission of the warring factions and the implementation of a democratic government. On the contrary, Jamail has revealed that the U.S. has often delayed elections and decision-making processes in an attempt to escalate the sectarianism and increase their military presence in the region. He has exposed the intentions of the U.S. as well as its puppet government in Iraq with regard to its attempt to control the oil resources of the region. Jamail writes: "On February 26, 2007, Iraq's cabinet approved a draft of an oil law that would set guidelines for nationwide distribution of oil revenues and foreign investment in Iraq's giant oil industry. The law would grant regional oil companies the power to sign contracts with foreign companies for exploration and development of oil fields, and open the door for investment by foreign oil companies" (287). Jamail has unearthed the practices of an imperial project in a compelling and first-hand account. Beyond the Green Zone is indispensable literature for anyone who wants to understand what is actually happening on the ground in Iraq.
All of America, starting with the highest levels of government, should read this book.
There are portions of the book I disagree with, but all in all, five stars.
I can hear the criticisms now: How do you know you've been lied to? How do you know this book is true? But such critics never seem to realize that they are accepting the approved White House and Major Media storyline on faith and only being skeptical of ideas that challenge that chorus.
That's one way you know it's a lie: the chorus. When they're all saying the same thing, something is terribly wrong. It's human nature: When a reporter is embedded with a group of men with guns, their only means of protection in a hostile environment, is that reporter really going to criticize their unofficial bodyguards? Look how long it took for the American media to finally use the label "civil war" after years of referring to "sectarian violence."
There are several major groups that this book damns: 1) the military 2) the media 3) the corporate contractors and of course, 4) the war criminal planners: not just Bush and Cheney but the "think tank" junta for which Bush and Cheney are merely the public face.
A lot of Americans would likely be deeply offended if they were compared directly to a docile or fearful populace of Nazi Germany as that regime carried out genocide. However, that's what it appears is happening: genocide of the Iraqis while most Americans sit back and argue over who supports the troops more.
For those of you who are simple-minded, this is not an insult to the troops, and neither is this book except in the way that drawing attention to someone's actions serves as an insult because those actions are despicable.Read more ›
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Fast delivery from provider but do not like the book! The author makes the American Soldiers look like ignorant bully killing machines with no regard of the Iraqi people. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jbird_atx
If you're young and think war is exciting, patriotic,or noble-- forget it! Dahr Jamail is an investigative reporter who wrote this book about life behind the scenes in war-torn... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Claire. Whitley
He rather loved this photo as he was tired of seeing the "iconic pic" - this is a bit different & he loves it!!!!!!! Highly suggest this!!!Published 22 months ago by alexus
"Sadaam killed 3 of my relatives, yet the occupation is worse." This is a quote I remember most from reading this book. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Neal Diamond
Beyond the Green Zone is a powerful, shocking, and meticulous account the US invasion of Iraq told from the perspective that has been largely neglected by US corporate media: its... Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Z. Cohen
An excellent book. Slanted heavily toward the Iraqi citizen's point of view. It shows the fear and prejudice that the American troops on the ground have wherever they go. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by packardal
While I appreciated his great reporting and his honesty in bringing civilian abuses to light, I think he was incredibly bias and it was a turn off. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by M. Afzal
Over the years, I often heard and to be quite honest, also felt somewhat myself, "why aren't the Iraquis grateful to the US for being liberated from Saddam? Read morePublished on September 10, 2009 by CharlesA
This is a view of the Iraqi people and of the war without the hype and politics. How it impacted the people who lived there, who had no part in any aggression against the US, the... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Julie A. Crego