The Age of the Warrior
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Topic: The Age of the Warrior
Posted By: Umm Hufsah
Subject: The Age of the Warrior
Date Posted: 23 April 2010 at 5:06am
For more than three decades, Robert Fisk has traveled throughout the
Middle East as a correspondent, covering 11 major wars in the region,
and winning the British International Journalist of the Year award an
impressive seven times. As a long-time resident of Beirut, Fisk is
fluent in Arabic and has most recently covered the U.S. occupations of
Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Israel's conflicts with Lebanon and the
Palestinians. He is also the author of the new book, The Age of the
Robert Fisk has said that the primary role of
journalists is to challenge authority – especially those who would take
us to war. This address, recorded in Berkeley, California in November
2008, certainly raises a challenge to that authority, as Fisk explains
how the West's attitudes toward the Arab world have culminated in the
current foreign policy fiascoes we face in the region.
http://www.linktv.org/programs/robert-fisk-the-age-of-the-warrior - The Age of the Warrior | Link TV
A review below:
This book is a selection from Robert Fisk's Saturday columns in the
Independent from 1998 to 2007. These writings cover films and novels,
the World Wars, the first British war of occupation of Iraq, the wars in
Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, the Turkish genocide of Armenians, and
many other themes.
He sums up this period as the age of the warrior, describing how
Bush changed the US Army's official `Soldier's Creed' to "I am a
warrior" whose sole mission is `to destroy the enemies of the United
States of America'. An American veteran wrote that the new creed
"allows no end to any conflict except total destruction of the `enemy'.
It ... does not allow one ever to stop fighting (lending itself to the
idea of `the long war'). It says nothing about following orders, it says
nothing about obeying laws or showing restraint. It says nothing about
dishonourable actions ..."
The American veteran wrote that this new creed encouraged the
committing of atrocities. For example, the CIA had videos of prisoners
being waterboarded, recently admitting that it had destroyed them.
Americans in authority believe, wrongly, that `Torture works', as one
Special Forces major put it.
Fisk notes how politicians impose policies against our national
interest and against all morality, and how they use power to terrorise
us. But our consent is not unthinking or automatic; the thought is that
`authority is trustworthy', despite the evidence. He noted that some of
his fellow journalists refuse to see cruelty and use the notion of
`balance' to avoid the truth. He also notes the growing efforts to
censor criticism, whether of Israel or of Islam.
Bush tells us that `we' are fighting `evil', so his wars are nothing
to do with the occupation of Palestinian land, Afghanistan and Iraq. He
tells us that `we' must blame `them' for the violence that threatens us
But if we keep the same Middle East policies, there will be more
bombings, followed by harsher laws. As Fisk wrote of the Middle East,
"the Americans must leave if peace was to be restored and the sooner
they left the better."
Posted By: Dick
Date Posted: 21 February 2012 at 7:05pm
That was a great video by Fisk. Now lets all go to www.whatreallyhappened.com and see another person who is trying to stop America's wars.