I have been stricken speechless by the following textbook excerpt concerning the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq:
This is directly out of my 6th grade sister's history book. (And she has a test over it tomorrow.) "At the beginning of the twenty-first century, terrorism became a major threat to world peace. In 2003, U.S. military forces invaded Iraq. They were sent to prevent Iraq from using chemical and biological weapons. ... The United States has protected innocent civilians or helped bring peace to a war-torn region."
People, Places and Change: An Introduction to World Studies
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
page 103 (From Ryan Hainlen, posted by Karen DeCoster over at
Whatever one might state in favour of the policy, there were no weapons of mass destruction, and the Ba'athist dictatorship has been replaced by a refugee crisis of quietly-epic proportions and sectarian civil strife, which has itself precipitated all manner of destabilizing regional maneuvers on the parts of Iran, Turkey, the Kurds of several nations, and much else that would be too tedious to mention. Yes, there are ways of parsing the text to derive a less-factually-challenged version of events, but we all know that the kiddies won't read it that way.