Iraq’s new history books eliminate Saddamite propaganda — and controversial subjects. That means the books skip huge chunks of Iraqi history, including the Iran-Iraq war, the 1991 Gulf War and “all references to Israelis, Americans, or Kurds.”
“Entire swaths of 20th-century history have been deleted,” says Bill Evers, a US Defense Department employee, and one of three American advisers to the Ministry of Education.
. . . While US advisers don’t want to be seen as heavy-handed in influencing the way Iraqis interpret history, neither do they want to be in the position of endorsing texts that could be anti-American, anti-Israeli, or radically religious.
As a result, some charge, in a matter of months Iraqi education has gone from one-sided to ‘no-sided.’
The story quotes a prospective history teacher as saying she’ll teach her students that Americans are terrorists. Just try it lady, and you’ll be thrown into prison, tortured and executed. Oh. You don’t believe the “terrorists” will do that? Well, OK. Maybe not. But maybe we won’t equip your school. Oh, OK. We’ll do that too.