February 4, 2006
In less than three years, the nation has
gone from dictatorship to liberation, to sovereignty, to a
constitution, to national elections. At the same time, our coalition
has been relentless in shutting off terrorist infiltration, clearing
out insurgent strongholds, and turning over territory to Iraqi security
forces. George W. Bush, State of the Union, 01 February 2006.
As the pretexts to justify the illegal war of
aggression against Iraq started to collapse one after the other, the
Bush Administration, its vassals and the mass media adopted the cliché
of "democracy" to justify the invasion and the mass murder of hundreds
of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. However, from
the outset of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. objective
was conspicuous; to destroy Iraq, install a puppet government and
pillage the nation’s resources.
In less than three years, the nation has gone from a
safe and functioning nation to brutally occupied and chaotic nation.
The health care services have collapsed. Acute malnutrition among Iraqi
children between the ages of six months and 5 years has increased from
4% before the invasion to 7.7%. In other words, despite the 13-years
long genocidal sanctions, Iraqi children were living much better (by
3.7%) under the regime of Saddam Hussein than under the tyranny of
George W. Bush. Lack of clean water and adequate supply of electricity
have exacerbated the problem and encouraged various infectious
diseases, particularly among children, infants and the pregnant women.
In less than three years, one of the best education
systems in the region has deteriorated. Schools have been taken over
and transformed into military bases to accommodate the occupying
forces. School’s attendance, particularly among girls is at its lowest
level. Women’s rights have all disappeared. Unemployment has jumped
from an acceptable level to around 60-70 per cent and most Iraqi remain
economically inactive. The living conditions of once prosperous people
have worsened significantly and the nation is descending into extreme
Iraq is one of the most diverse and well-integrated
societies in the Middle East. There is over a million Kurd in Baghdad.
There are millions of Turkmen and Assyrian and other minorities all
over the country. Not long before the invasion the New York Times op-ed that Iraq’s ethnic and religious diversity must be used "to our advantages".
In less than three years, peace between Iraq’s
diverse communities has disappeared and replaced by violence and
mistrust. Small minorities, such as the Christian minority have fled
the country. To speed up the breakage of the Iraqi society, the U.S.
Administration put in power a collection of Iraqi expatriate criminals
and fanatics and identified them according to their religion and
ethnicity. Together with their U.S. minders, they introduced a culture
of corruption, fear and violence unheard of in the history of Iraq.
Assassination for vengeance and the liquidation of any thing looks like
an opposition are committed in Gestapo-like methods.
In less than three years, a vibrant community of
scientists, academics and prominent Iraqi politicians and intellectuals
has been liquidated in cold blood by criminal elements of the
Occupation, including the Israeli Mossad. The objective is to cement
sectarian divisions and remove Iraq’s nationalism to service
U.S.-Israel imperialist agenda.
Knowing the full consequences of it action, the U.S.
Administration deliberately dissolved the Iraqi army and security
forces and replaced them with sectarian-based militia groups. The
Iranian-trained Badr brigade, the Israeli-trained Kurdish Peshmerga,
and other U.S.-trained and armed militias constitute the new Iraqi army
and police. Their lack of loyalty to the Iraqi nation, rivalries and
hostilities are exploited by U.S. forces and used against each others.
They are deployed to fight their Iraqi brothers in different ethnic
areas, and in the process foment civil strife. It is a U.S. policy of
creating sectarian violence which eventually will lead to "civil war".
Of course, the ongoing Occupation is justified not
only "to spread democracy", but also as necessary to prevent "civil
war". Nothing could be further from the truth. Evidence shows that the
U.S. and its collaborators are behind every step leading to violence
and "civil war". "[W]e have widespread evidence that the outside forces
are attempting to instigate a civil war here and Iraqis are conscious
of that and have made determined effort not to respond to it", said Dr.
Saad Jawad, a political scientist at Baghdad University.
In less than three years, the nation has more
prisons and prisoners than at any time in its history. Daily mass
arrest, sadistic torture, abuse and humiliation of tens of thousands of
innocent Iraqi men, women and children by U.S. soldiers and their
vassals have become parts of Western moral values. One only has to look
into the Nazi archive to find something similar to these criminal
violations of human rights.
What George W. Bush brought to Iraq is daily terror
against the Iraqi civilian populations. Entire towns and villages are
taken hostages by U.S. forces and bombed indiscriminately. Hundreds of
thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children, have been
needlessly murdered. And many more have been wounded and
permanently handicapped. In October 2004, the reputed and peer-reviewed
British medical journal, the Lancet published a conservative
estimate of 100,000 Iraqis, mostly women and children, killed by U.S.
forces between March 2003 and October 2004.
This normalised Western terrorism, including a
widespread Nazis-like anti-Muslim and anti-Arabs hatred in West Europe,
is creating legitimate Resistance around the world, not "terrorism".
The victims of Western terrorism have been transformed from victims
into perpetrators of terrorism. This flawed propaganda is promoted by
Western media and Western "progressives" to justify the ongoing
Occupation of Iraq. It is true that Iraq is "a heaven for terrorists",
but Iraqis and most Muslims, see the terrorists as Western terrorists.
There are more than 200,000 armed foreigners in Iraq
killing Iraqi women and children with impunity, and deliberately
instilling fear among the Iraqi population. Iraqis did not ask George
Bush and his vassals for protection from "terrorism". The majority of
Iraqis are vehemently against the Occupation and support Resistance
attacks against these so-called "Multinational Forces", and their
In November 2005, indiscriminate U.S. bombings of
civilian centres killed 18 innocent Iraqi children in Ramadi, 97
civilians in Husaybah, and 40 civilians in Qaim. Westerners need to
take a hard look in the mirror to see who the real terrorists are. Not
surprisingly, these crimes of Western terrorism against the Iraqi
people have become daily routine in a country ruled by foreign
occupying forces and without the slightest barking from (supposed to be
sovereign) a puppet government.
In less than three years, the Iraqi people have lost
their sovereignty and national constitution. They were replaced with
fake sovereignty and a U.S.-crafted constitution that strips Iraqi
women of all of their human rights and divides Iraq along sectarian and
ethnic lines. In addition, Iraqis have lost their freedom, including
freedom of movement, and their rights to organise and protest. They are
replaced by insecurity, curfews, and martial laws.
In less than three years, the U.S. orchestrated
three illegitimate and fraudulent elections in order to manipulate
public opinions, Americans in particular, and legitimise the
Occupation. The elections were unfair, undemocratic, and based on
sectarianism rather than politics. Indeed, all the so-called "parties"
are divided on sectarian lines and do not subscribe to any political
ideology. As mentioned earlier, the U.S. aim was to produce a puppet
government devoid of nationalism and totally dependent on U.S. forces,
and bent on carrying out U.S. colonial agenda. It is traditional
pattern of Western colonialism. Colonisers have always used the clichés
of "democracy" and "human rights" to manipulate their citizens into
believing that their governments are morally responsible and have no
Of course, every one knows that the U.S. is not
interested in participatory democracy or human rights, particularly in
the Middle East. The U.S. is more interested in submissive and violent
colonial dictatorships in service of U.S. and Israel interests. This
strategy allows for the suppression of any support for the Palestinian
people provided by popular democracy. We all know that the U.S. form of
democracy (even at home) is flawed and corrupt. For example, Kuwait –
occupied by U.S. troops since 1991 – is still a brutal dictatorship,
not democracy. We all know that the fraudulent and undemocratic
elections in Egypt and Saudi Arabia were praised in all Western
capitals. Meanwhile the landslide victory of the Resistance movement, Hamas in the January 25 free and faire Palestinian legislative elections were condemned by the U.S. and its European vassals because Hamas
is not beholden to Israeli and Western interests. Indeed, Palestinians
under Israeli’ brutal Occupation may have to endure further punishment
as a result of electing the "wrong" candidates.
In less than three years, without the participation
of the Iraqi people, the Bush and Blair governments, and the puppet
government are in the process of transferring Iraq's entire economy
into a "free market" economy to serve U.S. corporate interests. The
long-awaited covert plan to transfer Iraq's oil resources to U.S. and
British Oil Corporations is on the table. According to the so-called
production sharing agreements (PSAs) – proposed by the U.S. State
Department before the 2003 invasion and put aside to be implemented
after the December 15 2005 illegitimate elections – Iraqis are set to
lose control of their own economic and political fate. (See my Endless Looting of Iraq).
In less than three years, Iraq has gone from a major
oil exporter to an importer of oil and petroleum products. Iraqi oil
prices have increased dramatically, and for the first time Iraqis are
queuing to buy petrol. Many Iraqis believe that it is cheaper to buy a
barrel of oil in Kuwait and bring by limousine to Iraq than buy it in
The increase in oil prices was forced by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF). History shows that wherever the IMF
went, poverty went up and standards of livings went down. Argentina,
Bolivia, Chile and Russia are just few examples of IMF initiated
destruction. Consistent with its policy of destroying the livelihoods
of ordinary peoples around the world, the IMF argued the Iraqi puppet
government on 23 December 2005 to start "controlling the wage and
pensions bill reducing subsidies on petroleum products, and expanding
the participation of the private sector in the domestic market for
petroleum products" in favour of U.S. corporations.
In less than three years, an entire nation has been
destroyed beyond recognition. The birthplace of human civilisation has
been deliberately looted and raped of its cultural heritage. Vibrant
towns and cities like Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra, Hilla, Najef and Qaim
that had taken many years and generations to build have been completely
destroyed. More than 500,000 Iraqis have been displaced and ethnically
cleansed from their towns and cities. "Clean words can mask dirty
deeds", is how the destruction of Iraq is propagated as
In less than three years, every stone has been
turned over and every lie has been exposed. Westerners, Americans in
particular need to pull themselves out of ignorance and stop pretending
that "things will get better" while their fellow human beings in Iraq
continue to be slaughtered en mass. It is time to demand an end to violence and racism, and hold the war criminals accountable.
Global Research Contributing Editor Ghali Hassan lives in Perth, Western Australia.