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WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 18/08/2014

US can't bomb Iraq into peace

The US military has been carrying out airstrikes against the militias of the Islamic State (IS) for over a week. According to military reports, the terrorist group has been slowed but not stopped. US bombs have never brought peace to the region, the left-leaning weekly paper WOZ writes: "After decades of conflict, everyone on the ground is either directly or indirectly supported by the US, or is fighting, like the IS, with American weapons. Obama is now the fourth US president in a row to bomb Iraq. Why has this clever erstwhile prince of peace let himself be forced into worsening the chaos with airstrikes? ... What President Obama - perhaps - views as a limited operation, the old and the new hawks in the US see as a licence to impose 'muscular humanitarianism', of which there can be no doubt that the only winner will be the arms industry. Or as what remains of the US peace movement say: the Iraqi people have never benefited from a US bomb. And they never will."

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 06/02/2013

"Zero Dark Thirty" is Bin Laden's last coup

The CIA thriller Zero Dark Thirty is premiering in European cinemas these weeks. The film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow describes the hunt for Osama bin Laden and has triggered controversy because of its torture scenes. The left-wing weekly WOZ warns that against better judgement the film depicts torture as a legitimate method: "The fact is that the causality between torture and success in an investigation has not been proven, nor has the case of Bin Laden borne it out. ... Even the CIA admits this. In view of this reality check, Bigelow and the former war reporter [and screenwriter] Boal have hidden behind their artistic freedom and the rules of dramatisation. But those who exaggerate the significance and effectiveness of torture in such a way are not simply following the rules of a certain cinematographic genre but promoting the very real social acceptance of torture. ... This brutalisation of Western culture is therefore also Osama bin Laden's last coup."

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