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Behind the propaganda of war in the Middle East

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The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History confronts the dominant military accounts of the war in Iraq and the devastation wrought on the city of Fallujah from the siege in 2014 till when American and coalition forces moved on the city to defeat ISIS in 2016.

Former US marine Ross Caputi, Australian journalist Donna Mulhearn, and adjunct professor Richard Hil have brought together this critical analysis of the idea that the US ‘liberated’ Fallujah.

They look at the outcomes of repeated sieges of the city and its destruction in 2016 that left in its wake a public health crisis, civilian casualties, and political instability.

The book places these events within the larger context of the US policy in the Middle East with a particular focus on the testimony of civilians.

Book launch

Richard Hil will be joined by co-author Ros Caputi to launch the book at the Bookroom at Byron, 27 Fletcher Street on Thursday, August 22 at 5.30pm.

‘The book aims to expose the US propaganda that justified a murderous assault on a once-beautiful city and its people,’ said Mr Hil.

‘Our intention was to not let this be forgotten.’

Everyone is welcome. To RSVP call 6685 8183 or go online to find out more about The Sacking of Fallujah.

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  1. The Sacking of Fallujah: This is the people’s point of view beginning with the 2014 seige of Fallujah to when American and coalition forces moved to defeat ISIS in 2016.

  2. I remember seeing a doco (back when doco’s had substance) on the siege of Fallujah. There was a female US soldier who was a guard at a checkpoint where women and children were allowed to flee the city before the assault on the city began. She had to separate a mother from her 14 year old son because he was too old. He had to go back and face the US led onslaught, who’s terms of engagement were to open fire on anything that moves, truth. Even then it was not a guarantee of survival as shown in the trial of US marines shooting a group of men as they laid still, some wounded, on the floor of a building. The marines saw someone run into the building but rather than take them prisoners as they lay motionless, they were executed. No wonder the returning US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have a suicide rate of 22 per day. Nearly 1 every hour. These are stats from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The real count must be higher. Roughly 10 years after the American war against Vietnam ended, nearly half of all returning US veterans were dead. That’s 250000. Not just suicide but drugs, alcohol, disease, high risk activities. I knew a great guy in the small town of Lander Wyoming, a special forces veteran. Solid as a rock, went to bed one night and never woke up. Just died.


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