Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, then-President George w. Bush was announcing the invasion of Afghanistan.
Although the justification was to hunt down Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks, and topple the Taliban, who had given him shelter, it soon became apparent that a number of imperial interests were at stake.
The next step was to invade Iraq in 2003 and remove Saddam Hussein from power. There were very real interests there from members of the US government, including Vice President Dick Cheney, who had a stake in Halliburton, a company that signed lucrative contracts shortly after the invasion.
It was later discovered that US intelligence invented the supposed existence of an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction that justified the military action.
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In this gallery, through Gilberto Maringoni’s acid and critical stroke, we revisit the themes and contradictions debated in the first ten years after 9/11. From initial criticisms of the invasion to the irony of what was actually built in this first decade of US interventions.
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Gilberto Maringoni is a journalist, cartoonist and university professor. He is a professor of International Relations at the Federal University of ABC and a member of the OPEB (Observatory of Brazilian Foreign Policy – UFABC).
Edition: Arturo Hartmann