May 23, 2006
"Information Clearing House" -- -- The more we read news reports of continuing butchery in Iraq and Afghanistan, the more we get disappointed. Most of us — from dictators, such as General Musharraf, at the top to the common man in the United States and the Muslim world, have come to believe that there is no option but to submit to the will of Bush and company. The situation, however, is not that simple. I have a simple theory of Bush and company’s dilemma and the dichotomy.
There is a device known as south Indian monkey trap. It is a coconut shell, tethered to a pole and with a hole in the centre. A small fruit or nut is put in it. Monkey will put its hand through the hole, grab hold of the fruit or nut. The hole is small enough that the monkey cannot take its hand out with the closed fist. The monkey is trapped, simply because it is not smart enough to release the nut so that it can escape, usually from certain death. Letting go the fruit can save their life. Usually monkies don’t.
Bush’s insistence to "stay the course" and the unrepentant Blair’s determination that he would "do it all again" shows that they won’t let the fruit go and are destined to pay the price in the near future. There are great advantages to changing the mind set than facing forced amputation or certain death. The signs are all around us that show that time for Bush, Blair and company to pay the price is fast approaching.
A quick review shows that the unforgettable rhetoric to which the world was subjected soon after the 9/11 attacks, repeatedly threatened: The world will never be the same again. Of course, the world is not the same since then. But what happened on 9/11 and what is happening since then has some serious signs for us to ponder about. It would be naive on the part of the U.S. administration and its allies to believe that they will get away with their criminal acts and mindset despite setting new records in brutality and barbarism.
The pigheaded insistence of the warlords is pushing the world into becoming a far worse place than what we witness today. Even the most exaggerated crimes of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and Saddam Hussein together pale by comparison to what the United States and its allies are presently doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thinking that the world will remain the same for the war criminals to remain at large amounts to living in fool’s paradise.
It takes only one military person’s testimony from the U.S. forces to make even the worst barbarians of the past look like noble men of human history. A person, Jessie Macbeth, presented himself as an Army Ranger and admitted to some war crimes in Iraq, which were ordered from higher up the chain of command. His interview was on line for a few days and then allegation of his story being fraud surfaced. Web sites, such as Information Clearing House have removed the interview till validity of the allegations are confirmed. Nevertheless, removal of his graphic accounts such as the following makes little difference to whatever is coming out of Iraq in the form of news-reports, pictures and videos.
The "mainstream" media is silent and U.S. officials insist that butchering whole families is not a standard procedure. Jessie Macbeth became controversial because he seemed to have blown the lid off the real crimes. Macbeth claimed he served in Iraq for 16 months before being wounded and ultimately discharged. In his words, his squad did night raids, using the same techniques the Marines are accused of, 4 or 5 times a night for many months. In all these raids, the main victims were women and children. If his allegations are true, Macbeth would be one of the few who dared to come out and speak the truth in these words:
"We’d do that like may be in several houses, most of the houses, slaughtering 30, 40 people a night some times, women and children. I didn’t sign up to kill women and children. I was trained in all the rangers school, and 18 months of all that crap, I want the challenge, I want to fight other elite soldiers. I had to go fight kids, and women and innocent people. They don’t know how to fight."
Hopefully the truth will surface soon because Macbeth also claimed that he is now a member of "Iraq Veterans Against the War." The counter allegations that Macbeth is a fake would tarnish credibility of the Iraq Veterans Against the War as well. Macbeth was interviewed for the public access TV show "Indymedia Presents." In this interview Jessie described butchering whole families, beginning with killing children to make the parents talk. He described how U.S. soldiers would kick a person’s wife and fondle her to "piss him off." In his words:
"When we were doing the night raids in the houses, we would pull people out and have them all on their knees and zip-tied. We would ask the man of the house questions. If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head. We would keep going, this was our interrogation. He could be innocent. He could be just an average Joe trying to support his family. If he didn't give us a satisfactory answer, we'd start killing off his family until he told us something. If he didn't know anything, I guess he was SOL."
Using the military terminology of "taking out" for killing, Macbeth described one episode where his squad responded to the much-reported incident in Falluja where four U.S. mercenaries were killed and hung from a bridge. Shortly after Iraqis killed the mercenaries, according to Macbeth, his squad of Rangers gunned down Iraqis praying inside a mosque on a holy day, then hung some of the burned bodies from rafters in the mosque, and defaced the mosque with graffiti, saying: "You are not save. Allah can kiss my ass." In Macbeth’s words:
"Another thing that we did was to go to the mosque. We were order to go to a mosque. This really hurts me a lot man. My nightmares come from this most of the time. We were order to go to a mosque man. This people were doing some kind of late night prayers. They usually don’t do late night prayers. They do it when they have holy days or something. So we infiltrated the mosque ahead of time. We were all posted up there. We were waiting for them to come in. A couple of hundred people, they were praying of all ages, you know, women and men. While in the prayers, we started slaughtering them, started shooting them, taking them out. And then we burned their bodies just like they did to us. We hanged their bodies from the rafters in the mosque. And we’ll write up on the wall, and tell, like you are not saved and got leave here and Allah can kiss my ass, you know, America, and leave some bodies in the streets for the people. ….it is sickening. I think that the ethic part in it. You know. My country trying the same thing that we are fighting against. Now that I look back at it, we are the terrorist. We are terrorizing the country, a whole nation of people who did nothing wrong to us. Iraqis have nothing to do with 9/11 attacks. I didn’t know it then. I know it now."
Let us assume that Macbeth is fake. The problem of the more than 100,000 killed in Iraq would nevertheless remain with us. After all someone killed them, if not Macbeth. The fact will remain that 1.8 million were starved to death before that. The fact remains that the war machine is in full gear, not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan. After indiscriminate bombing villages are closed down and no journalists are allowed. See for example from today’s news reports from Afghanistan ( http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0523-03.htm ).
If the U.S. administration, the pundits in the "mainstream" media, their allies in the non-Muslim world and the puppets in the Muslim world believe that they will remain the same despite their crimes against humanity, they are totally out of their mind like a monkey in the Indian trap. Silencing one Macbeth or one liar posing as Macbeth can hardly hide the reality of the U.S. crimes against humanity that are still underway. The world will never remain the same without making the unknown culprits behind 9/11 and the known culprits behind the Iraqi and Afghan occupation pay the price. The military might and the "mainstream" media’s covering the truth will never sustain these crimes against humanity for too long.
Many fascists and barbarians of the past were under the same misconception and trapped in their respective Indian traps in their age. We also know that all of them have paid the price one way or the other. The only problem this time around is that along with the guilty, many of the seemingly non-guilty are set to pay a much higher price than before. The reason in Macbeth’s view is: "Our government doesn’t care. Most of our people doesn’t care." He is right but mild in his concern. In fact, most of the people share the same monkey-mindset and still defend words and deeds of the modern day fascists in the West and their stooges in the Muslim world. This confirms that time for Bush, Blair and company to pay the price is well at hand. The world will never remain the same for the fascists to continue their crimes against humanity.
1] His story is available here: www.peacefilms.org . and
This video at the above link has been removed because some readers suggested Jessie Macbeth may not be as he portrays himself. Many have cast doubt as to the validity of his experiences. Further investigation as to the validity of his history and allegations are ongoing and will be added in future stories.