Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events
At this very hour, 10 years ago bunch of war criminals started an immoral war in Iraq.
D!ck Cheney, George W. Bush and Tony Blair should be tried as war criminals.
Ever More Shocked, Never Yet Awed
At 10 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation (to use the original name with the appropriate acronym, OIL) and over 22 years since Operation Desert Storm, there is little evidence that any significant number of people in the United States have a realistic idea of what our government has done to the people of Iraq, or of how these actions compare to other horrors of world history. A majority of Americans believe the war since 2003 has hurt the United States but benefitted Iraq. A plurality of Americans believe, not only that Iraqis should be grateful, but that Iraqis are in fact grateful.
A number of U.S. academics have advanced the dubious claim that war making is declining around the world. Misinterpreting what has happened in Iraq is central to their argument. As documented in the full report, by the most scientifically respected measures available, Iraq lost 1.4 million lives as a result of OIL, saw 4.2 million additional people injured, and 4.5 million people become refugees. The 1.4 million dead was 5% of the population. That compares to 2.5% lost in the U.S. Civil War, or 3 to 4% in Japan in World War II, 1% in France and Italy in World War II, less than 1% in the U.K. and 0.3% in the United States in World War II. The 1.4 million dead is higher as an absolute number as well as a percentage of population than these other horrific losses. U.S. deaths in Iraq since 2003 have been 0.3% of the dead, even if they’ve taken up the vast majority of the news coverage, preventing U.S. news consumers from understanding the extent of Iraqi suffering.
In a very American parallel, the U.S. government has only been willing to value the life of an Iraqi at that same 0.3% of the financial value it assigns to the life of a U.S. citizen.
The 2003 invasion included 29,200 air strikes, followed by another 3,900 over the next eight years. The U.S. military targeted civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances It also made use of what some might call “weapons of mass destruction,” using cluster bombs, white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm in densely settled urban areas.
Birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality are through the roof. Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, and electricity supplies have been devastated, and not repaired. Healthcare and nutrition and education are nothing like they were before the war. And we should remember that healthcare and nutrition had already deteriorated during years of economic warfare waged through the most comprehensive economic sanctions ever imposed in modern history.
Money spent by the United States to “reconstruct” Iraq was always less than 10% of what was being spent adding to the damage, and most of it was never actually put to any useful purpose. At least a third was spent on “security,” while much of the rest was spent on corruption in the U.S. military and its contractors.
The educated who might have best helped rebuild Iraq fled the country. Iraq had the best universities in Western Asia in the early 1990s, and now leads in illiteracy, with the population of teachers in Baghdad reduced by 80%.
For years, the occupying forces broke the society of Iraq down, encouraging ethnic and sectarian division and violence, resulting in a segregated country and the repression of rights that Iraqis used to enjoy even under Saddam Hussein’s brutal police state.
While the dramatic escalation of violence that for several years was predicted would accompany any U.S. withdrawal did not materialize, Iraq is not at peace. The war destabilized Iraq internally, created regional tensions, and — of course — generated widespread resentment for the United States. That was the opposite result of the stated one of making the United States safer.
If the United States had taken five trillion dollars, and — instead of spending it destroying Iraq — had chosen to do good with it, at home or abroad, just imagine the possibilities. The United Nations thinks $30 billion a year would end world hunger. For $5 trillion, why not end world hunger for 167 years? The lives not saved are even more than the lives taken away by war spending.
A sanitized version of the war and how it started is now in many of our school text books. It is not too late for us to correct the record, or to make reparations. We can better work for an actual reduction in war making and the prevention of new wars, if we accurately understand what past wars have involved.
David Swanson is author of War is a Lie. He lives in Virginia.
Some people are deluding by condemning American war against Iraq and at the same time they are justifying American occupation on Afghanistan and drones attack on pakistan. Very hypocritical to say. Afghanistan is worst place than Iraq. The war on Afghanistan is based on greater lie than Iraq. A few year earlier, american malishes are justifying All this american b$ on Iraq and I know time will come when the same malishies condemn american war on Afghanistan. Few years earlier, I had a debate with an American lover who was expert in google techniques. He tried his best to convince and justify american occupation on Iraq. He was using greater lies of google. As we know A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants. He was telling me that iraqis have secret weapons they are going to destroy the world.. All that imaginary b& that we use to see in movies/cartoons/ games. Most of american/westren have been brainwashed by Media/tv/cartoons..
Some are brainwashed by Hollywood while others are fooled by some Biblical fables as Divine truths.
Some of these stories like a whale swallowing Jonah and Moses turning his rod into a serpent, would make good cartoons.
While some characters like Joseph, David Solomon etc. etc. will make good porn movies.
The Last Letter
A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.
You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.
I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.
I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.
One more noteworthy point of disappointment in the event was the tricky usage of the UN to disarm Iraq. When Iraq was attacked, the Iraqi army was extremely ill equipped. The Iraqi anti aircraft guns were just like welcoming drums and the warning sirens were merely the sings of tough surviving nation.
خوفی پائی جان سلام
امریکی مالشیوں کی کھرک کا کوئی علاج ابھی تک دریافت نہیں ہوا اسلئے انکی کھرک جاری و ساری ہے
آج سے دس سال بعد کی صورتحال یہ ہو گی کہ یہی خبر ہو گی لیکن اس میں عراق کی جگہ افغانستان ہو گا
اسی طرح آج سے دو تین دھائیوں بعد یہ راز بھی کھل جائے گا کہ گیارہ ستمبر کے واقعے کے پیچھے اصل میں کونسے اندرونی امریکی ہاتھ تھے اور کیسے القائدہ کا ہوا کھڑا کیا گیا تھا
لیکن امریکی مالشیے اسوقت بھی زور زور سے امریکی مالش اور اپنی کھرک میں مصروف ہونگے
Americans spend $3 trillion on a bogus healthcare system every year. In the U.S., 48,000 people die on the road annually and 35,000 commit suicide. Americans do not care about $500 billion spent on spectacular explosions that they will see only on their shiny 60-inch flat screen TVs. No one will see 4,488 dead soldiers but neatly wrapped American flags and an elegant ceremony. My interaction with the fellow Americans is mostly with the highly educated ones and their answer about this issue is always, “It does not affect us”.
Sociologists can theorize and historians will document the effect of millions of dead and displaced Iraqis sometime in the future but the oil giants of the United States of America own the world’s biggest oil gushers now. Plus, the revenge of Django leaves a sweet feeling. (Not to quote Mola Jutt)
جذباتی بھائی جی و.سلام
زمین کھا گئی آسمان کیسے کیسے-- مالشئیے کس مرض کی دوا ہے - کچھ عرصے بعد ١٠ فٹ زمین کے نیچے ہوں گے اور آئیندہ انے والے بچے ان کے جوٹ پڑیں گے اور عبرت حاصل کریں گے کہ لوگ پیسے کے لئے کیسے کیسے جھوٹ گھڑتے ہیں -
Some are brainwashed by Hollywood while others are fooled by some Biblical fables as Divine truths
Of a man of faith and a man having no faith, the man with faith is much better - Zia Sahib, you should investigate the scene- You can't convince a main of faith through worldly lies like 9-11 b$ stories. Majority of Westren/Amreican are faithless.. Even they have lost faith to the true spirit of Bible and God as well. Their beliefs/Ideas are taking new form in form of Material. They are faithless. That's why they can be easily fooled. Invent greater lies you have the strong army of westren because they are brainwashed.
I have no interest to convince the holders of blind faith of anything.
I have more respect for those who realizing their mistake, changed their opinion of Iraq War than those who are never willing to change their mind, the right wing nuts, likes of Cheney and Bush who claim to have a direct line with their imaginary Sky Daddy and feel inspired in their silly beliefs.
who claim to have a direct line with their imaginary Sky Daddy
Such claim are often made by faithless people. Wolf in sheep clothing. I hope you would get point.
فورموں میں اکثر دیکھا گیا لوگ زیادہ اسلام اور عیسیٰا یت کو نشانہ بناتے ہیں - جب کے یہودیت کے بارے میں کوئی نہیں بولتا - سب کو پتا ہے زانسٹ کس کی پیداوار ہیں -
بش نے جو دعوا کیا تھا وہ عام نارمل انسان نہیں کرتا جس کو مذہب پہ یقین ہو بلکے وہ کرتا ہے جو اتھیسٹ جس کا مقصد ایک بڑے جھوٹ کی بنیاد پر لوگوں کو گھمرا کرنا ہو
یہ بھی ایک بڑی کونسپیراثی ہے - اسلام اور عسائیت کو بدنام کرنے کی - کہ بش جیسے لوگ پیدا کئے جائیں - جن کے اپر ساری گیم کی جائے اور ضیاء صاحب جیسے معصوم لوگ اس کو سچ سمج بیٹیں
The Zionist idea of Palestine as Promised Land for the Jews is also taken from the Torah - the commandment of the Sky Daddy.(His covenant with Ibrahim marked by the ceremony of male circumcision also adopted by Muslims)
It is followed by the Evangelical Christians and the likes of Born Again Christian George Bush and his clan.
If we skip the religous bits, Zia M, which simply obscured the grave matter of how Iraq was transformed from one of the most advanced of Arab nations into a country battered out of its mind by west forces simply because their financial system was at the end of ist tether, I must say I find myself fully in agreement with the stand taken both by yourself and by Javed Sheikh. Any discussion as to which war was worse, Afghanistan or Iraq, does not take us very far. Both were carried out on a false pretext for the reason I've already stated above.
I wish to thank you, Zia M, when so many have already forgotten, that you at least remembered to honour the memory of 1.4 Million or more who died in the war on Iraq.