In this e-book from Truthout, Pitt and Jamail “provide the definitive history of what happened to Iraq, why it happened, and who is responsible. From Pitt’s early reporting on the ultimate motivations behind the Iraq invasion, to Jamail’s unembedded reporting from Iraq as the occupation ground on, to the detailed breakdown of every lie we were told to justify this war, to the serial naming of those who had a hand in it, this book is the period at the end of a long, bleeding sentence.”
An award-winning, unembedded journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against military occupation. (Now available in paperback with a new Afterword!)
“Dahr Jamail’s human portrait of the men and women who turned away from the project of empire should serve as a beacon…The truth they tell demands that we find the courage to make our nation accountable for the crimes committed in our name.”
– From the Foreword by Chris Hedges
Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone, brings us inside the movement of military resistance to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2006, a majority in the United States have opposed the continued occupation of Iraq, and increasing skepticism surrounds the escalation in Afghanistan. But how do the soldiers who carry out the American occupations see their missions?
Fragmented reports of battalions refusing orders, of individual soldiers refusing redeployment and taking a public stand against the occupations have trickled into the mainstream reportage over the last five years. But how deep does the current of resistance run? What makes soldiers decide to go AWOL, file for conscientious objector status, and even serve sentences in military prison for their acts of refusal?
Dahr Jamail’s comprehensive study of today’s military resisters sheds new light on the contours of dissent within the ranks of the world’s most powerful military.
Praise for Dahr Jamail and The Will to Resist
“Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq war has brought us Dahr Jamail.”
– Mother Jones
“Dahr Jamail is one of very few journalists who have displayed the courage—physical, intellectual, and moral courage—to tell the truth about the invasion of Iraq. In this outstanding book, he describes the often secret resistance within the U.S. military as soldiers reclaim their humanity and, with searing honesty, offer a glimpse of how America’s wars on the world might end.”
– John Pilger, award-winning independent journalist and author of Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire
“…the most important nonfiction book published this year.
– Political Media Review
Vivid, insightful, and often in the participants’ own words, Beyond the Green Zone goes past the polished desks of the corporate media and Washington politicians to tell first hand of the reality of life under U.S. occupation.
“Dahr Jamail is truly courageous.He has taken great risks in the service of the truth.He has tirelessly told the stories of the victims, proud people in dire straits, writing with poignancy and immediacy, with eloquence and accuracy. If only the corporate networks would devote a small percentage of their resources to the type of reporting that Dahr Jamail accomplishes with next to nothing. The prospect of such a media system depends on the demands and activism of the public, a public that holds the networks, the reporters, and elected officials accountable, and a public that supports independent media.”
– From the Foreword by Amy Goodman and Dennis Moynihan
Edited by Prof. Raymond W. Baker, Shereem T. Ismael and Tareq Y. Ismael
(With Chapter 6 “Killing the Intellectual Class” contributed by Dahr Jamail.)
Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime. Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly document the consequences of the occupiers’ willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world’s oldest recorded cultures. Targeted assassination of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural cleansing. This important work lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy.