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17/3/06 
Iraq: A victim of international terrorism Ghali Hassan
  

‘…One of the common myths about the US war against the Iraqi people is that the US and its Western allies are on a “mission” to help the Iraqis in their aspiration for “democracy” and “freedom.” However, a brief analysis of the crimes committed against the Iraqi people in the last 15 years shows that the main aim of the US and its allies is the destruction of Iraq and Iraqi society.

Prior to 1990, Iraq was one of the more prosperous and economically advanced countries in the Arab world, boasting a sizeable middle class; technical capacity; and, compared to other Middle Eastern countries, relatively high standards of education and health care, as well as high numbers of women educated and contributing to the economy and the well-being of society.

As a result of the 1991 US war, Iraq’s industrial and agricultural capacity was completely destroyed by US bombings. Iraq’s, transportation and infrastructure systems were obliterated. “The world must learn that what we say goes,” said George Bush I to enthusiastic applause of “freedom-loving” Americans. The war was a one-sided massacre of innocent civilians masquerading as “liberation of Kuwait.”…

More than 88,500 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq during the 1991 US war…The destruction was deliberate and a long-lasting act of terrorism…

A once prosperous nation is being systematically de-developed, de-skilled and reduced to penury…

It is estimated that the sanctions killed more than 1.6 million Iraqis…Democrats or Republicans; they all participated in the crimes against the Iraqi people and in the destruction of Iraq.

According to John and Karl Mueller (Sanctions of Mass Destruction, Foreign Affairs May/June 1999), the sanctions “have taken the lives of more people in Iraq than have been killed by all so-called weapons of mass destruction throughout history.” Therefore Iraq’s genocide “arguably was the greatest genocide of the post World War II era.” Despite a worldwide outcry against the sanctions, the US and Britain — with tacit approval from other Western states — continued to enforce the sanctions violently.

The 13-year long sanctions on Iraq were the UN’s biggest and most profitable mass murder in the history of the UN…

Iraq’s Resistance to this form of international terrorism proved to be successful. In 2002, despite the Anglo-American orchestrated terror against the Iraqi people, Iraq showed all signs of moving forward, and leaving the genocidal sanctions behind…

Having failed to defeat the Iraqi people through genocidal sanctions, the Anglo-American armies unashamedly attacked Iraq again. In March 2003, Iraq was massively attacked in a preemptive and unprovoked act of aggression. The attack was a blatant and gross violation of international law and the UN Charter…

During the three-week massive attacks on a defenceless people, Western leaders proudly announced to their nations that the one-sided mass murder of innocent Iraqi civilians was “morally” justified to spread “freedom” and “democracy.” Once again, Iraq was completely destroyed in barbaric fashion. Iraq’s cultural heritage was deliberately burned or looted…Today, the US continues its war crimes against the Iraqi people with indiscriminate bombing air raids on Iraqi towns and cities, killing innocent women and children and destroying properties in a barbaric and cowardly fashion.

After three years of violent occupation, the living conditions in Iraq have worsened since the invasion. There is no clean water and there is no adequate supply of electricity. Iraq remains a destroyed nation. The health care system is beyond repair and the education system has collapsed…

Iraq has been turned from a functioning state into a cluster of prisons where hundreds of thousands of Iraqi prisoners are tortured, abused and murdered by US and British forces and their collaborators. Any Iraqi, regardless of age and gender is prone to daily random raids and mass arrests by US forces and their collaborators. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been detained by US and British military forces at some time during the Occupation. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are still languishing in countless US and British-run prisons across Iraq. The majority of these prisoners are innocent civilians. Many Iraqi towns and villages have been walled in with sand and razor wire barriers, and turned into “concentration camps.”

Furthermore, to strip Iraq off its national independence and self-determination, the US and its secret agents (CIA and Israeli Mossad) instituted a terror program of systematic assassination and murder of thousands of Iraqis, including scientists, academics, prominent politicians and anti-Occupation voices…

Despite the well-orchestrated terror, the Iraqi people — by a large majority — continue to demand an end to the violence and the occupation of their country, and refuse to submit to US dictate. The US and Britain, having destroyed Iraq, are now embarked on a long-term colonial occupation of the country by openly using an old imperialist tool: ‘divide and rule.’ This deliberate policy of terrorising the Iraqi population and destroying Iraq’s unity has been the aim of US imperialists and Israeli Zionists from the outset of the war…

While the pretexts for the Occupation have expired, the refusal by the Bush administration to end the Occupation and its continuing interference in Iraq’s affairs left the country in stalemate without a legitimate government. The creation, financing and arming of ethnic militia groups was designed to fulfill the Occupation aim of cultivating violence, instilling fear among the population and controlling Iraq through criminal elements accountable to the occupying forces. Orchestrated and promoted by the occupying forces and the mass media as “civil war,” the violence and fratricidal killings are the only remaining pretext for the ongoing Occupation. Indeed, Iraqi community leaders and prominent anti-Occupation voices “hold the US responsible” for the violence, which they alleged is perpetuated “under US air cover” in order to “destabilise” the region. All Iraqis rejected the violence because they rightly believe that only the occupying forces and Israel stand to benefit from it…

Yet the line persists among Westerners, Americans in particular, that the US and its allies are on a “mission” to “teach” Iraqis “democracy” and “freedom.” Most people are aware that this falsehood is a masked Western extremism. It is the enemy of democracy and freedom. Western extremism is not only destroying Iraq for no reason whatsoever, but also perpetuating violence around the world. It is time to demand the immediate end to international terrorism against the Iraqi people and pay reparations for the crimes committed against the nation of Iraq

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