Breaking: Entire Nation Experiencing Collective Amnesia About Iraq War

Caitlin Johnstone
2 min readApr 9, 2017


In the first documented case of total national amnesia, the population of the United States of America appears to have completely forgotten the events leading up to the invasion and subsequent occupation of the nation of Iraq.

Experts, who were initially made aware of the unprecedented phenomenon by the shocking amount of public support for cruise missile attacks against the Syrian government, are baffled.

“It’s like the entire Iraq war never happened,” said Dr. Davinder Easwaran of Oxford University. “The false flags, the propaganda against the nation’s leader, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, the immediate full-throated support by mainstream media outlets for regime change — they appear to have forgotten the entire thing ever happened, and are now reacting to the Syrian situation as though we did not watch this exact same scenario play out in the exact same way between 2002 and 2003.”

Conversations with resident Americans seem to corroborate Easwaran’s claims.

“I’m just glad our president is finally doing something, you know?” said Todd Chen of San Jose, California. “What’s the worst that could happen?”

“Well I mean obviously if he’s gassing his own people, Assad needs to be taken out,” said Sally Beaton of Memphis, Tennessee. “I’d support a direct military invasion to topple his regime, wherein the Syrian people would surely greet our troops as liberators.”

When prompted with reminders about all the previous times the US government has lied to its people in order to manufacture consent for needless military interventions, Americans grew confused and hostile.

“What are you, some kinda Kremlin stooge?” asked George Howard of Newark, New Jersey when told about the many lies the American people were fed about Iraq with the help of the corporate media, adding, “I would have read about that in the New York Times if it’d happened.”

“MSNBC would never lie to me!” screamed Florida resident Debbie Cowell before hanging up the phone.

Dr. Easwaran says that repeated reality reorientation is important for treating victims of amnesia.

“By patiently reminding our American brothers and sisters of the events that have transpired in the past, this can sometimes trigger old memories and help them recall the horrific blunders of the past.”

“Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” he added.

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