Notes From the Margins…

The Return of the ‘Salvador Option’

  • March 07, 2013
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TODAY’S Guardian will not make pleasant reading in Washington. For the first time, a major mainstream media outlet has alleged that leading American politicians and military figures, including General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq, were directly involved in a systematic campaign of torture and atrocity carried out against Sunni insurgents by Shia paramilitary units connected to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior….

My piece for The First Post today on the Guardian’s story about Colonel James Steel and the Special Police Commandos.     You can read the whole piece here.

For those who are interested, here’s the link to the PDF of a longer piece I wrote on this same subject for New Politics magazine in 2010, entitled ‘Moral Equivalence and the Salvador Option’.   Just click on the link below:

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