Monday, February 25, 2008

Occupation Dreamland: Iraq and immigration

Watching Occupation Dreamland, a 2005 documentary about the war in Iraq, it occurred to me that the effects of the citizen/noncitizen dynamic we’ve seen in the U.S. with inhumane and unjust treatment of immigrants in places like Don Hutto, New Bedford, and Oklahoma—presumption of guilt, inhumane treatment of noncitizens, fear and demonization of outsiders, and racism—are exponentially more devastating in Iraq in a war setting.

Iraqis have been arrested and locked up without charge or trial. They have been beaten, tortured, raped, and killed by their ostensible protectors—U.S. soldiers and contractors—very few of whom have faced serious consequences for their actions.

What few procedural guarantees exist for noncitizens in the U.S. are almost entirely lacking in Iraq.

[Continued at Citizen Orange]

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