I’ve very privileged today to have as a guest again Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange. One of the most prominent members of the international movement for peace. Welcome, Medea.
Medea: Hey, Blase. Great to be on with you.
Blase: My pleasure. I saw your article on Common Dreams together with Nicholas Davies about the Iraq death toll fifteen years after the US invasion, and I think it’s important to take a look at that. Before we had bombings from 1991 until the new war started in 2003, uninterrupted bombing. So we’d really like to have your comments about why you wrote that for Common Dreams.
Medea: First of all, I think very few people even recognize that it’s been 15 years since our government invaded Iraq on the basis of lies. People have no idea the extent of the damage we’ve caused – that it has unleashed ISIS, it has become the basis for this terrible sectarian division that has been plaguing Iraq since the invasion and continuing today. Or that it has led to 3.5 million people who have been displaced internally – and on top of that, the question we have to ask is how many people have been killed. There was a Lancet Report that came out in 2001 and 2006 saying that the figures had been horrendous – close to 600,000, and it created controversy because people didn’t believe it…well, I shouldn’t say people, government and media said it was ridiculous and no where near the correct figures. (Read More)