Iraq Under Siege
Iraq is under siege. A decade-long sanctions regime has caused massive suffering and hundreds of thousands of deaths. While Saddam Hussein and his cohorts live in luxury, the once-burgeoning middle class is wiped out. In addition, U.S & U.K. planes routinely bomb the country. An international movement is calling for the lifting of sanctions.
Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, was perhaps this country’s premier radical historian. He was born in Brooklyn in 1922. His parents, poor immigrants, were constantly moving to stay, as he once told me, “one step ahead of the landlord.” After high school, he went to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. During World War II, he saw combat duty as an air force bombardier. After the war, he went to Columbia University on the GI Bill. He taught at Spelman, the all-black women’s college in Atlanta. He was an active figure in the civil rights movement and served on the board of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was fired by Spelman for his activism. He was among the first to oppose U.S. aggression in Indochina. His book Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal was an instant classic. A principled opponent of imperialism and militarism, he was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. He spoke and marched against the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. His masterwork, A People’s History of the United States, continues to sell in huge numbers. Among his many books are A Power Governments Cannot Suppress and Original Zinn with David Barsamian. Just before his death, he completed his last great project, the documentary The People Speak. Always ready to lend a hand, he believed in and practiced solidarity. Witty, erudite, generous, and loved, Howard Zinn, friend and teacher, passed away on January 27, 2010. His words inspire many the world over, “We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Anthony Arnove produced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Dirty Wars. He is the editor of several books, including Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which Arnove co-edited with Howard Zinn, The Essential Chomsky, Howard Zinn Speaks, and Iraq Under Siege. He is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. He also wrote the introduction for the new thirty-fifth anniversary edition of Zinn’s classic book A People’s History of the United States.