author and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges and
journalist Laila Al-Arian spent several months interviewing Iraqi war
veterans to expose the patterns of the occupation and how it affects
Iraqi civilians. The testimonies of these soldiers and marines provide a
disturbing window into the indiscriminate killing of unarmed and
innocent Iraqis that is carried out daily by the occupation forces.
Collateral Damage is organized around key military operations on
the battlefield—convoys, checkpoints, detentions, raids, suppressive
fire, and “hearts and minds.” Hedges and Al-Arian uncover how the very
conduct of the war and occupation have turned the American forces into
agents of terror for most Iraqis. The military convoys that speed
through the centers of towns, often driving on the wrong side of the
street or on sidewalks, have become trains of death. Soldiers fire upon
Iraqi vehicles with impunity at checkpoints; pregnant women being rushed
to the hospital have been killed at roadblocks when their husbands
failed to slow down, and children have watched in horror as their
parents have been killed.
Hedges and Al-Arian show how this widespread pattern of civilian killing
has fueled the insurgency in Iraq, giving rise to instability,
sectarian violence, and total chaos. Download and start listening now!