Repost from Mcat, May 3, 2006 31 December 2006Posted by marisacat in WAR!.
“Dahr Jamail on the horror we wrought”
And all the dead air is alive. With the smell of America’s God.
- Harold Pinter, “War With Iraq”
America needs to stop looking outside, demonising and mythologising “the other” – and look within. All parties and partisans who supported the Iraq invasion and thus supported Bush and the wider war that is coming…
“The Badr are all over the hospital, looking for people,” said the doctor. “The injured brought here sometimes die before even reaching the ward, because the Badr are being obstacles for us. One of the men running our morgue was killed by the Badr. My friends are warning me to be careful, to keep my mouth shut.”
The numbers are being hidden … and the Badr, operating out of the Ministry of Interior, which is funded by the US, are making sure the numbers remain shrouded.
Yet on Tuesday of this week, a spokesman at that same hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity of course, announced that in the last 48 hours alone Yarmouk Hospital had received 65 bodies, most of them slaughtered by death squads in execution-style murders. That day they had received 40 bodies, and Monday, 25.
Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk writes for the Independent in the UK and has reported from the region for over 30 years. He had this to say in a piece written on March 20th titled, “The Iraq War: Three Years On – The march of folly that has led to a bloodbath”:
“The Iraqis? Well, they are lesser beings whose casualties cannot be revealed to us by the Iraqi ministry of health, on orders from the Americans and British; creatures whose suffering, far greater than our own, must be submerged in the democracy and freedom in which we are drowning them; whose casualties “more or less” [mocking the infamous quote from George W. Bush] are probably nearer to 150,000.
After all, if 1,000 Iraqis could die by violence last July – in Baghdad alone; and if they are being killed at 60 or 70 a day, then we have a near genocidal bloodbath on our hands.
Iraqis, however, are now our Untermenschen for whom, frankly, we do not greatly care.”
Even the UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) humanitarian news agency reported on April 26 that
“More than 90 women become widows each day due to continuing violence countrywide, according to government officials and non-governmental organizations devoted to women’s issues.”
Another extremely telling point in the IRIN report is that
“Although few reliable statistics are available on the total number of widows in Iraq, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs says that there are at least 300,000 in Baghdad alone, with another eight million throughout the country.”
The report said that at least 15 police officers’ wives are widowed every day, and that local NGOs in Iraq said the situation had become much worse since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country, which has brought horrific violence on a level not seen before.
“Saddam Hussein was responsible for killing thousands of men during his 25 years of brutal rule,” said Ibtissam Kamal in the IRIN report. Kamal, a member of a local organization that works on the issue but prefers anonymity of the organization for security reasons, added, “But more people have died during the past three years, most of them men …”
How many more years?
Just last night, Nightline ran a fairly canned piece on the high tech mil facility, at Nellis AFB outside of LV, NV where the computerised war is fought, managing the predator drones that wage a good piece of the war. It was a pretty up beat piece. Religion was mentioned as solace for the work done there.
I don’t think USA! USA! stadium style religion is going to do it. But try, try and try again. Whatever fills the electronic void.
Tonight Nightline is covering the “cutthroat” world of admission to elite nursery schools. Homeland coverage.
“The Predator is the definition of global, ‘netcentric’ warfare,” Harris said. “We fly the airplane, yet we’re connected globally to multiple places on different continents, every day. It’s a normal course of action.”
How many more years?